Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had its formal August Testing and Pizza Party on Monday, Aug. 27. Fourteen students who met the attendance requirements and proficiency of the skills were tested. The following students passed their test and were advanced to the next belt level:
Jr. YanDan Blackbelt – Black with blue stripe – Kiarra Richardson
Jr. SanDan Blackbelt – Black with orange stripe – Alvin Campos
Cindy Serrano, left, of Brooklyn, is the WIBA lightweight champion and Mike Brooks, right, of Oceanside, is the IBA International lightweight champion. Both celebrated their title-winning fights with The Sporting News Restaurant Manager Christian Martinez and more than 100 fans and fellow fighters at the new Sporting News Grill at The Holiday Inn in Westbury. The Sporting News Grill was also sponsor of the fight card, held in August, in Franklin Square.
The team, following its last Stanley Cup title in 1984, relocated to several different practice rinks throughout Long Island but hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of those Cantiague teams since.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Wednesday that Long Island Lizards Coach Joe Spallina has been named as the 2012 Brine MLL Coach of the Year, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the League’s eight teams.
“It’s a tremendous honor. This is the highest level of the sport that we all love, so I’m tremendously humbled. Our team dealt with a different kind of hand and dealt with adversity and guys deciding not to play or being injured, but that’s a tribute to the character of guys we have who share the same vision that I had of restructuring and getting to the top level,” said Spallina.
With the exception of one lockout season (2004-05), the Ice Girls have been part of the show at Islanders’ games since the 2001-02 season. In addition to presenting the Islanders flag at every game, Ice Girls keep the ice clean during games, and perform an additional routine when the team wins. They also play games with the fans in the stands during time outs and distribute T-shirts. The girls must be over 18 with strong skating skills, capable of skating backwards as well as doing lunges, spirals, t-stops and power crossovers.
Tristynn Mercedes, W. Tresper Clarke High School, recently won a National Athleadership Grant sponsored by NCSA Athletic Recruiting and the NFLPA. Receiving this prestigious award is not only an honor but also one that is only given to a select number of student athletes throughout the country in all sports from football to track. The Athleadership Grant is awarded to student athletes who qualify based on leadership in their community, academic achievement, athletics and a required essay written by the student athlete.
“We are very pleased to be involved with NCSA in assisting in the recognition and the selection of young qualified student athletes to receive scholarship opportunities,” said DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFLPA, adding, “Anytime, you can identify, help and reward future leaders to further their education and athletic pursuits, it’s a win-win and we are pleased to contribute to this worthy effort with NCSA.”
Anglers down in the Gulf remember this tragic event: three friends, two of them NFL players, lost after their boat capsized during a fishing trip in March 2009. A fourth was rescued after clinging to the hull in 63-degree water for almost two days. As an offshore angler, you would never want to find yourself unprepared in such a desperate situation. If fishing takes you far offshore, make sure you know your limits.
Get advanced training. Boating education is widely available and includes classroom and online training offered through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA), United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and state boating agencies. Advanced training in navigation, seamanship, boat handling and weather are important to know before you venture into open waters. Local knowledge and recommendations from experienced captains who run offshore fishing charters can be valuable as well.
Get your drivers ready - the AHRC Foundation’s Margiotta Memorial Golf Outing takes place on Thursday, September 13 at The Muttontown Club in East Norwich. All proceeds support programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year’s event will honor Roslyn Goldmacher, president and CEO of Long Island Development Corporation (LIDC) and Hon. Peter J. Schmitt, presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature.
Goldmacher is an AHRC Foundation board member and longtime supporter of AHRC Nassau, where her sister has received services for many years. An attorney with a background in commercial lending, Goldmacher runs LIDC, a family of not-for-profit economic development organizations that she founded more than 30 years ago. Under her guidance, LIDC has directly loaned more than $1 billion in low-cost government and private sector loans to small businesses, while leveraging an additional $2.5 billion in funds for the economy and creating and retaining more than 60,000 jobs for the community.
The Bridgeport Bluefish defeated the Long Island Ducks, 3-2, on July 27 in the first game of a four-game series at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. In the game, Bryant Nelson earned the 2,000th hit of his minor league career in his 1,838th game.
Both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Bluefish put up a three-spot against Ducks starter Mike Loree. RBI singles from Prentice Redman and Brock Peterson along with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Luis Lopez did the damage.
The SUNY College at Old Westbury announced the appointment of Lenore Walsh as Director of Athletics. Walsh brings to Old Westbury more than a decade and a half of athletic administration experience from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), New York Athletic Conference, Dowling College and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Walsh will begin her work at Old Westbury July 23.
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