Written by Kristin Cacchioli Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00
Westbury’s Cemetery of the Holy Rood is the largest cemetery in all of the Town of North Hempstead, with more than 12,000 interments, and is still active. Westbury Friends Cemetery is the oldest, dating back to 1702, and is also active.
Westbury is the eternal resting place of designer Oleg Cassini, former CIA Director William Casey, who served under President Reagan, and Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown, a Titanic survivor.
These are just a few of the nuggets of local history that Howard Kroplick has recorded in his exhaustive study of the town’s 28 cemeteries.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
It’s not uncommon for adults to develop a yearning to relive the simple pleasures and pastimes of their youth. While some take up spending a few bucks here and there to recapture some base nostalgia in the form of a shirt or action figure, there’s a local group of gentlemen who take it to a whole different level.
Since 1947, the West Island Model Railroad Club has given train enthusiasts a place to congregate and indulge their hobby on a grand scale. Club president, Vic Grappone, says he’s personally been interested in model trains since...well, forever.
“I’m 57 years old now, and I’ve been into trains for probably 56 of them,” he said. “It started with a Lionel train set that my father bought me, and that got me hooked very early, which is probably the case with a lot of the guys here.”
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Three Westbury runners won awards on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the fifth annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5 kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park. Leading the way for the strong Westbury contingent was 10-year-old Johnny Schmuck, who earned the second place award in the 14 and under age group with a time of 22 minutes, 28 seconds. Johnny’s mom Susan Schmuck took home first place in the Athena 140-159 Weight Division with a time of 25:55. 42-year-old Jenney Tesoriero was the 2nd finisher in the women’s 40-44 age group, crossing the finish line in 23:44.
The race was held by the Town of Oyster Bayand and raised money to help in the fight against prostate cancer. Free prostate cancer screenings were offered on-site, as well as informative urology and men’s health exhibits, refreshments and prizes for participants.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Taylor Ruscillo, a 2013 graduate of Carle Place High School, was recently named Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week. Ruscillo is a freshman field hockey player at American International College (AIC). She netted a goal in the team’s final game vs. St. Michael’s, a 4-0 victory. She finished her season with two goals and one assist.
AIC Field Hockey coach Christina Needham says that Ruscillo has been a great addition to the school’s field hockey program.
“She is eager to learn, and brings an open mind to the field every day. Her Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week award in the final week is a reflection of her commitment to our program and to improving,” Needham said.