Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00
Aspiring basketball players got the chance to hone their skills at the Bunky Reid All Stars Basketball Camp last week which was held at the Westbury Sports Center. The camp was run by Michael Jackson, a former All-Long Island athlete from Westbury High School, who ultimately went on to play collegiately at Division-I Hofstra.
“The best part is the joy of seeing the kid’s interactions with one another and the smiles on their face when they make a good play,” said Jackson, who oversees all aspects of the eight hour camp.
The boys, who ranged from ages five to 15, gathered in the morning to participate in drills which improved their skills in regards to offense, defense and passing. After, they split up the age groups and played competitive games which allowed them to put their newly refined skills to the test.
The camp has taken place each year since 2008, and Jackson believes it has been extremely successful in both teaching the younger children how to play as a team, while also developing their skills to play at the next level. The camp has been extremely beneficial to young basketball players in the past, and Jackson has allowed the kids to develop their skills while not being in an overwhelming atmosphere. Five of his former players have gone on to play at the collegiate level in recent years. Sheldon Hagigal (St. Francis), Ahmad Reid (Stony Brook), Brandon Williams (Molloy), Matt McLeod (Molloy) and Lamar Herron (New Paltz) have all used their time at the Bunky Reid camp to become well-rounded athletes and young men.
Jackson also runs the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) boys and girls teams that have had terrific success on the court. The teams had their playoffs at the “Yes We Can” Center last week and championship game on Friday, August 30. The teams have been playing games all summer at the center and Bunky Reid Park.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
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.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Carle Place boys’ varsity soccer team made school history on Nov. 17, when they captured the NYS Class B championship title. It ended a long journey during which the team never lost a game. Carle Place was the only team in the state to go undefeated — and that includes all classifications. The final statistics were an impressive 18 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie; 56 goals for, 6 against, and 14 shutouts.