On Thursday, August 16, postman Mario Serrano and firefighter Mike Morgan received village proclamations during a Village of Garden City trustees meeting in recognition of the decisiveness displayed in critical situations that occurred on consecutive Mondays at the end of July.
One of six American teams participating in the 10-team Little League Softball World Series (LLSWS), the New Hyde Park All-Stars are the first Long Island team to participate in this tournament since 1993. NHP continued its unexpected run with an 11-4 first round win over Asia-Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 9 that found the All-Stars banging out nine hits as the team from Makati, Philippines made eight errors. The next day the All-Stars walloped the Canada team 16-0 behind pitcher Melissa Ward’s 3-hitter and an offensive attack that produced 15 hits.
If you have an appointment at Dental Arts of Garden City and are fortunate enough to draw Dr. Donald Goldstein, the first thing you notice about the genial dental practitioner is his lanky, 6’ 5” frame and large hands. If you were to guess that he knew his way around a basketball court, you’d be right. But what might surprise you was his involvement in the 1959 NCAA Final Four, a tournament that found him playing against college superstars and future NBA Hall of Famers, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. Far from being a mere bench player, the All-American helped lead Louisville to its first Final Four appearance, averaging 21.4 points and 10 rebounds during the 1959 tournament. In the process, Louisville also dethroned the legendary Adolph Rupp and his University of Kentucky squad, the reigning barons of the state and a college basketball force in its own right.
According to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test given every three years to 15-year-olds worldwide, students from 16 other industrialized countries wound up with higher science scores than their American peers. While this may be middle of the pack, it is yet another poor showing for the United States, a fountainhead of inventions including global positioning systems and the iPad.
The team became the state champs on July 16, defeating Half Hollow Hills 10-2. Asked whether he was confident the team would win the state championship, coach Tom Donnelly replied, “We lost in the semifinals at the N.Y. State tournament last year as 11-year-olds playing in the 12-year-old division and we won the N.Y. State tournament as 10-years-olds, so we were confident but we knew Staten Island and Half Hollow Hills would be very tough games.”
On April 21, Bentley University swept a doubleheader against Southern New Hampshire (SNH), a Division II rival ranked sixth in the nation. The sweep was kicked off by a 3-1 win in the opener. Leading the way was Garden City High School alum, Rob Finneran, who went the distance in throwing a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts and one walk. In addition to nailing the win for Bentley and falling one strikeout short of tying the university record, Finneran arguably threw the best game of his college career. His timing couldn’t have been better as Tampa Bay Rays scout Tim Alexander was in the stands alongside a rival from the New York Yankees who came to check out the strapping, 6’3” righthander. By the end of the 2012 Major League Baseball Baseball draft on June 6, the Rays had picked up the Queens native in the 37th round. While the execution of his three-hitter couldn’t have been better timed, the road to Finneran’s ascension from amateur to professional athlete was a long and difficult one fueled by steely-eyed determination, sacrifice and hard work.
“Welcome to the Big Dave Show. Let’s talk Knicks. They are driving me INSANE.”
Although, the Big Dave Show isn’t yet a radio show, Dave Cantwood of the Bronx, as well as up to 100 others had a chance to audition before a panel of judges for an opportunity to host a real on-air shift on Sports Radio 66 WFAN.
Driving past 1515 Stewart Avenue, there’s a nondescript fenced-in compound with a tower, that upon first glance resembles a cable television outpost. But inside, directions are being provided to a steady stream of incoming and outgoing aircraft from four of the largest airports in the tri-state area.
These crucial directives could be transmitted from further afield if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) goes through with plans to relocate air traffic control facilities in Garden City and Ronkonkoma to a new site in upstate New York. At a recent press conference held at the front of the aforementioned Stewart Avenue address, a bipartisan Long Island congressional delegation laid out its plan to keep the facilities in their current locations.
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