Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00
The Long Island Lizards would like to thank all the Nassau and Suffolk participants who came out for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Clinic recently. Thanks to the participation of nearly 100 students, and the sponsorship of the event by Atlantic Hyundai, the Lizards will be making a $5,000 donation to the Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief fund.
Lizards head coach Joe Spallina, along with players Tommy Palasek, Michael Skudin and Chris Passavia, helped to lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of stations, focusing on different fundamental lacrosse skills. Members of the Stony Brook womens lacrosse team also came out to lend a hand to the young girls at the clinic.
Many of the Lizards players and staff experienced Sandy’s devastation firsthand, and were eager to help give back to those who were hit the hardest.
“I was really humbled to see all of those families come out and support the Sandy relief,” said Lizards defenseman Michael Skudin. “Coming from Long Beach and knowing friends and families that lost everything, I was really thankful to see the Long Island community come together to help others.”
Atlantic Hyundai sponsored the event, helping the Lizards to make a total donation of $5,000.
“Atlantic Hyundai, the number one Hyundai dealer in the country, is happy to give back to the community,” said Dan Toomey, the General Manager of Atlantic Hyundai.
The clinic was organized with the help of the Islip PTA and Maud Sherwood Elementary, who kindly donated use of the field. Islip PTA also collected nonperishable food items at the event, which will be donated to a local food pantry.
A full schedule of Lizards’ camps and clinics will be released in the future. For more information about this, or any future Lizards clinics, please contact Marie Letterii, director of youth lacrosse, at Marie@ LongIslandLizards.com.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
For most of the ’80s, ZZ Top was an inescapable presence thanks to a plethora of videos, often times containing underdog storylines revolving around gorgeous gals, a 1933 Ford hotrod and the hirsute threesome serving as a Greek chorus of cool to the aggrieved protagonist. But amidst all the bells and whistles, the most impressive feat pulled off by this Texas power trio was using 1983’s Eliminator to adapt its bluesy hard rock boogie sound and modernize it with synthesizers and drum machines sans any kind of artistic compromising.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
John Romandetti saved six people, but he shies away from the title hero.
“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” Romandetti says. “It’s nothing anyone else wouldn’t have done.”
During Hurricane Sandy, Romandetti risked his own life to go out to Howard Beach and get his girlfriend’s family out of their flooding homes. The Bethpage Air Show recently recognized his bravery, naming him the grand prize winner of the Hurricane Sandy Community Heroes contest. Romandetti, along with nine other winners, will receive VIP tickets to the Bethpage Air Show, plus the reception, and GEICO Skytypers Planeside Meet and Greet. As the grand prize winner, Romandetti also gets the chance to fly with the GEICO Skytypers during next week’s airshow.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Members of the Carle Place Sparc/Interact club recently donated their time and talents at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens. Working together with students from Mineola High School and Holy Cross High School in Queens, the SPARC members planted over 1,000 indigenous trees to help replenish one section of the 600-acre forest park. The group’s efforts were part of the NYC Plant a Million Trees Project in honor of Arbor Day, celebrated on Friday April 26th. The Carle Place planters were: Sarah Megiel, Kelsey Feit, Julia Powell, Sabrina Feit, Monique Slater, Matt Carr, Katie Megiel, Rob Ibos, and Lauren Powell. They are led by faculty advisor Kieran Morris.