In late December, Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had a formal testing and its annual holiday party. Fourteen students, that met the attendance requirements and proficiency of the skills that are required, were tested. The following students passed their test and were advanced to the next belt level:
Jr. Black Belt-ShoDan – Black Belt w/white stripe – Christina Bonaparte and Tyler Bonaparte
2nd Kyu – Brown Belt - Isabella Escorza
4th Kyu – Green Belt - Davesh Valagolam
6th Kyu – Orange Belt – Maxwell Brown
9th Kyu – Purple Belt – Jaidyn Williams, Alan Garcia and Natalie Escorza
The New York Islanders will play the first-ever NHL game at Barclays Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2, when they take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. The preseason game will mark the first hockey event at Barclays Center, the new major sports and entertainment venue, which will officially open on Sept. 28 with the first of multiple Jay-Z concerts. The game will also mark the first NHL game to be played in Brooklyn.
“We’re extremely excited to play the first NHL game in the new, state-of-the-art Barclays Center,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “We already have some of the most passionate fans in the league supporting our young team, and we are looking forward to expanding our base into Brooklyn.”
Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board invite all residents to join the hundreds of other brave souls who will dive into the frigid waters at North Hempstead Beach Park for the 8th annual Polar Plunge. Sponsored by the Special Olympics, the “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Plunge will be held at North Hempstead Beach Park on March 3. Registration will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and the Plunge will start at noon.
“Besides being a great event to socialize with family, friends and neighbors and engage in friendly and fun rivalry, the Annual Polar Plunge gives everyone the opportunity to raise funds for a worthy cause,” Supervisor Jon Kaiman said. “I look forward to seeing you there.”
“Home ice advantage” is a common expression used throughout the National Hockey League, and one usually utilized for good reason: as of Jan. 16, only two out of the 30 NHL teams had a winning percentage below .500 on home ice.
For New York Islanders’ forwards Matt Martin and Matt Moulson, playing at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum represents more than just a statistical advantage as the two athletes host a different member of the armed forces and his or her family for each of the team’s 41 home games. Win or lose, regulation, overtime or shootout, Martin and Moulson meet with their guests after games near the Islanders’ locker room – where, uncharacteristically, hockey isn’t the only topic of conversation.
Members of the Carle Place Varsity Soccer team recently attended an awards dinner at the Uniondale Marriot hotel. Dominick Pereira, Guiseppe Altadonna, John Guzzo and Edward Cruz all received 2011 All Conference awards. Matthew Carr received 2011 All County Honorable Mention and Joseph Hughes received All County and 2011 Exception Senior award. Top 10 goal scorers for Conference 8B/C were Guiseppe Altadonna, Adam Cabrera (not pictured), Rui Gomes (not pictured) and Joseph Hughes. Stephen Gambino (not pictured) received the 2011 Scholar Athletic award. Congratulations to the Carle Place Varsity Soccer Team on a good season.
Matt Sheehan (Holy Trinity High School) and Rory Walsh (Kellenberg High School) grew up on opposite sides of town and have been competing against each other since their elementary school days.
First, the boys squared off in the SMAA Flag Football League and later in Williamsport Baseball – Matt for Central Nassau Little League and Rory for East Meadow League. They squared off in CYO as well with Matt representing St. Brigid’s and Rory, St. Raphael. It seems only fitting that they are still competing and being recognized for their hard work in the Catholic High School Football League.
Carle Place senior Leanne Iannucci recently signed a letter of intent to participate on the Division I Softball Team at Cornell University starting in the fall of 2012.
Leanne has been the varsity catcher since seventh grade. In the past five years (2007-2011), she has been a valuable member of two Conference Championships, four Class B County Titles and three Long Island Championships.
On Nov. 27, the Westbury Okinawan Karate School, which is part of the Westbury Recreation Department programs, held their annual November karate tournament. The karate tournament was held at the Westbury Village Phipps Sports Center at 346 Post Ave. Sixteen boys and girls from the Westbury dojo participated in the kata tournament for the audience of family, friends and other visitors who attended.
After holding a successful clinic in 2011, The L. I. Thunderbolts Softball Club is now taking reservations for their second Winter Skills Clinic, which will take place in early 2012 at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, located at 25 Country Drive, Plainview. Geared for girls ages 7 – 12, this is a perfect way to get ready for the softball season; a limited amount of spots are available.
Session 1: Hitting will be held on Jan. 15, 22 and 29 for a cost of $65. Session 2: Pitching or Fielding will be held Feb. 5 and 12 for a cost of $55. Session 3: Hitting will be held Mar. 4, 11 and 18 for a cost of $65.
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness on 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, have received Belt Promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Mr. Charles Water, owner and director of the school. “Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”
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