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Local Athlete Part Of Soccer Elite

They may be young, but these guys got something to prove. The Boys U-15 Dix Hills Elite of the Long Island Junior Soccer League placed second in the National Championship at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Tournament on July 27 in Overland Park, Kansas.

The boys, led by captain and center back Joseph DeStefano and mid-fielder Michael Sclafani, finished second in the U.S. Youth Soccer National League and qualified to the championship as one of the top two teams in their division. Heading into this tournament, the boys had the task of competing in three must win games within their group in a span of six days. They went undefeated and set their eyes on the ultimate prize.

“You had to play your game in every game,” said Sclafani of Farmingdale, who scored the game winner in the semi-final match. The main reason for getting this far was the team chemistry and experience these kids bring together on the field. “We’ve been together for so long; we stick together like brothers,” said added.

Despite coming up short to Santa Barbara SC White from California in the championship round, DeStefano is grateful to compete in the tournament that showcased the best of the best nationwide. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us,” said DeStefano. “We all worked hard and never had the chance to play against teams across the country.”

This group had traveled a lot and played in other tournaments in North Carolina and Las Vegas prior to clinching a spot in the National Championship, but the heart of this team comes from hard work and training. They have been training for four to five weeks prior to Kansas to get in shape and they worked on building up their running. “The boy’s hard work is what got them this far,” said Coach Dominic Casciato. “It was a great experience for the kids playing against some of the best teams in the country; it was something to be proud of.”

The Dix Hills Elite had plenty to be proud of as they are one of two New York teams from the Long Island Junior Soccer League along with the Smithtown Arsenal Under 16 Boys to advance to the national championship game for the first time in 13 years. As long as these kids continue to play together, work hard and have fun together, they will be a fun team to watch next year and beyond.

News

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.

Farmingdale residents are being urged to use caution when answering the doorbell due to ongoing concerns of imposters posing as utility workers. On Aug. 19, officials with the South Farmingdale Water District—covering the Farmingdale, Bethpage, Seaford, North Massapequa and Massapequa Park communities—sent out an advisory warning customers not to let anyone into their homes claiming to be a water district employee without first showing photo identification. The advisory was sent as a safety precaution, instructing residents to immediately contact the police if they are suspicious of anyone identifying his or herself as a “water district” employee.

According to the South Farmingdale Water District Commissioners, it is rare for any water district employees to show up at a home or business unannounced in order to read a water meter or confirm a leak, as most, if not all, residential visits are done by appointment.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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