Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had its formal December testing and holiday last month. Sixteen students that met the attendance requirement and proficiency of the skills that were required were tested. The following students passed their test and were advanced to the next belt level:
Jr. SanDan Black belt – Black with orange stripe – Christina and Tyler Bonaparte
Jr. NiDan Black belt – Black with yellow stripe – Brandon Brathwaite
2nd Kyu – Brown belt – Davesh Volagolam
3rd Kyu – Green belt with stripe – Maxwell Brown
5th Kyu – Blue belt – Billy Sargent
6th Kyu – Orange belt – Natalie Escorza and Alex Monereau
7th Kyu – Gold belt with stripe – Davide Scalese, Gabby Destra and Haziel Richardson
8th Kyu – Gold belt – Julian Pearson and Tyler Horsford
9th Kyu – Purple belt – Princess Capellan, Precious Capellan, Devin Powell and Kaylan Clarke
Following the test, the dojo had its holiday party reception. The students and their families enjoyed pizza and drinks and some goodies were given out.
Sensei John Power conducted the testing and he was assisted by Black belts from his former dojo – Marcel Toussaint 4th Dan and Aniello Discala 1st Dan.
The Westbury Okinawan Karate School (dojo), has been working with the Westbury Recreation Department to bring a traditional Okinawan style of karate to the village. The program, coordinated by Sensei Power 4th Dan is in its ninth year. The Westbury dojo runs a continuous program that eventually leads to Black belt and beyond. The school accepts children 6 years old up to adults. New students are always welcome and there is continuous enrollment every Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For additional information call Sensei John Power at (516) 333-8489 or check out the website at www.westburykarate.com.
Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00
On Dec. 11, eight lucky young music hopefuls were granted the dream of a lifetime— strutting their stuff on-stage while playing with a celebrated popular music act in front of a packed auditorium.
Westbury’s Center Stage Music School sent an elite selection of hand-picked violin students to play on the stage of the NYCB Theater at Westbury with The Piano Guys, a music group and YouTube sensation whose unique calling card involves catchy combinations of classical and popular music.
Veronica Sanchez, Center Stage Director and co-owner, said that the opportunity for some of her kids to play a gig with The Piano Guys came through a chance meeting she had with the manager of the NYCB Theater.
Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00
Demetra Ingram wanted to get healthy. The 56-year-old Westbury resident had gained weight over the past several years, and at a recent doctor’s appointment, was told that she had an irregular heartbeat. Her doctor encouraged her to do cardio exercise, not only for her heart, but to help fight Alzheimer’s Disease, which runs in her family.
So Ingram, along with a team of fellow members from her sorority Pheta Iota Omega, decided to join the Long Island Weight Loss Challenge, an eight-week health initiative that encouraged people to focus on healthy eating and exercise.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.
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