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LI Lizards Donate $5K For Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Long Island Lizards would like to thank all the Nassau and Suffolk participants who came out for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Clinic recently. Thanks to the participation of nearly 100 students, and the sponsorship of the event by Atlantic Hyundai, the Lizards will be making a $5,000 donation to the Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief fund.

Lizards head coach Joe Spallina, along with players Tommy Palasek, Michael Skudin and Chris Passavia, helped to lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of stations, focusing on different fundamental lacrosse skills. Members of the Stony Brook womens lacrosse team also came out to lend a hand to the young girls at the clinic.

Many of the Lizards players and staff experienced Sandy’s devastation firsthand, and were eager to help give back to those who were hit the hardest.

“I was really humbled to see all of those families come out and support the Sandy relief,” said Lizards defenseman Michael Skudin. “Coming from Long Beach and knowing friends and families that lost everything, I was really thankful to see the Long Island community come together to help others.”

Atlantic Hyundai sponsored the event, helping the Lizards to make a total donation of $5,000.

“Atlantic Hyundai, the number one Hyundai dealer in the country, is happy to give back to the community,” said Dan Toomey, the General Manager of Atlantic Hyundai.  

The clinic was organized with the help of the Islip PTA and Maud Sherwood Elementary, who kindly donated use of the field. Islip PTA also collected nonperishable food items at the event, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

A full schedule of Lizards’ camps and clinics will be released in the future. For more information about this, or any future Lizards clinics, please contact Marie Letterii, director of youth lacrosse, at Marie@ LongIslandLizards.com.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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