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The U.S. Tennis Association Eastern Long Island Region recently honored Westbury resident Susan Alvy at a celebratory dinner, presenting her with the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award for her longtime commitment to tennis. The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury hosted the 23rd annual awards dinner, which honors tennis champions from Nassau and Suffolk County.


Awards including Vitas Gerulaitis for the Love of Tennis Award and Arthur Ashe Multicultural Award are given to the most deserving tennis affiliates, but Alvy’s lifetime achievement award is perhaps the most prestigious. The USTA carefully chooses individuals who have not only shown talent and dedication on the court, but who have given their time and abilities to tennis ventures off the court, as well.


A recently retired Alvy spoke about her love for the job that she felt she was meant to do. The tennis aficionado managed Rockville Racquet Club in Rockville Centre, overseeing all operations, especially the leagues, and making sure that every aspect of the business ran smoothly. After 20 hardworking years, she retired this past December and joyfully reflects on the job. “It was a fabulous job; I loved it,” she said.


As the award mandates, Alvy’s tennis achievements are not centered solely on her professional life. Ever since she first picked up a racquet at age 11, the athlete has possessed a passion for the sport which is exemplified in her talent. She played on her high school team and earned placements in National Championship games. Alvy took a short break from tennis after high school, but loyally returned to the sport once again at age 24.


While she claims that she has “done her duty when it comes to working,” Alvy cannot live without the game she has grown up playing.

She still plays on a team and believes that tennis should be enjoyed no matter the age or skill level of the player. “Take it slow and enjoy it,” she advised. “If you’re a recreational player, you don’t have to be a great player. Enjoy the sport at any level.”


Through the wins and losses, ups and downs, and work and play, tennis is something that Alvy has always felt strongly about and she continues to pursue her hobby, which throughout the years has become more of a lifestyle. The competition, the championships and the rewarding hard work are all aspects to be cherished, but Alvy stated that her favorite thing about playing is the friendship she made along the way—friendships that will last forever, all for the love of tennis.


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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