Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00
The National Hockey League recently sent out a “save the date” to its 700 or so players.
Sept. 15 won’t be marking a celebration of any kind, as the ides of September represents the date on which the league will lockout its players if the two sides can’t reach a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The lockout would mark the third of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s tenure.
The league has grown exponentially since its most recent lockout in 2004-2005, which resulted in the loss of the entire season. There are 30 teams in the current NHL and each team represents a microcosm of society, considering there are workers of all backgrounds and skill levels filling the NHL arenas on game nights, from the ice to the concession stands to the luxury boxes.
The significant question surrounding labor talks now is, “How will revenue be split between the owners and the players?” Both parties deserve their rightful piece of the pie, but what happens to the hot dog vendors who aren’t guaranteed a salary in the event of a lockout? What happens to the fans – the ones who already went through a season sans hockey in 2004 – whose greatest luxury is the pride he or she takes in owning season tickets?
If there’s another lockout, I’ll get on with my life. But can the people, whose lives depend on hockey, say the same?
Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00
Doug Ingram was recently named the new chief of the Westbury Fire Department.
Ingram grew up in Old Westbury and graduated from Westbury High School in 1974. After graduating, he joined the Navy where he spent two years stationed in Italy. When he was honorably discharged in 1979, he joined the Westbury fire department and has been involved there ever since.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
In what is hoped to be a step forward for the Westbury School District’s ongoing search for a superintendent, the board of education voted to terminate its contract with search firm Hazard, Young, Attea. However, questions still remain. Will the board continue the search with another firm? Will the board conduct the search themselves? Will it consider current Interim Superintendent Mary Lagnado for the position? And of course, how long will the process take before a permanent superintendent is named?
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Avenging the previous day’s loss and moving themselves one step closer to a possible county title, the Carle Place Frogs Softball team beat out the Locust Valley Falcons Wednesday, May 15 in a game two rematch for the Nassau County Class B Semi-Final, 12-3.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.