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'Yes We Can' Center To Hold Bball Tournament

The Town of North Hempstead will be holding  a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball tournament at the North Hempstead “Yes We Can” Community Center from Saturday, Jan.18 through Monday, Jan. 20. 


“This tournament is a wonderful way of gathering the community together and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth.


There will be two tournaments for children in grades 4 through 9. The girls tournament will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 beginning at 9 a.m. and the boys tournament will be held Sunday, Jan. 19 beginning at 9 a.m. The entry fee for a team of up to 12 players is $150 with an additional $30 fee for officials.  All teams are guaranteed to play at least three games. Participants are asked to bring their own uniforms.


The “Yes We Can” Community Center will also be hosting two 3-On-3 tournaments on Monday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. The tournament is open to boys and girls grades 4 through 12, and there is also a division for adults. There is an entry fee of $40 per team.


“Inviting children into our community center is an ideal way to spend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday,” Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell said.  “I expect tournaments such as these to become a fixture at the ‘Yes We Can’ Community Center for many years to come.”


The new state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot “Yes We Can” Community Center is located at 141 Garden Street in Westbury. The facility has two NBA-sized basketball courts where the tournament will take place. Other features of the center include a fitness center, internet café, computer rooms, community meeting rooms, senior and teen lounges and more.


Please make all checks payable to the Town of North Hempstead. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Please call 516-869-6311 for more information. 


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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