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Dempsey Scores A Slot In Hall of Fame

Local Soccer Star nominated by Long Island Soccer Football League

“Shocked. Totally shocked.” Those were the words New Hyde Park resident Willie Dempsey used to describe his feelings upon being elected to the Eastern New York State Soccer Association (ENYSSA) Hall of Fame. The native of Ireland has accumulated a bevy of championships during his time with the powerhouse New York Irish Rovers of the amateur soccer league.

In reality, Dempsey should not have been shocked that he earned the prestigious honor of being elected into the Hall of Fame considering his incredible accomplishments. He has virtually become the face of the Irish Rover franchise as he has made an impact not only as a player, but also an administrator and currently the club president and league’s third vice-president. During his 30-year tenure he has brought home 10 New York State championships as well as 20 Long Island League championships, 24 Long Island Cup champions and six Sportsmanship Awards. Needless to say, he has made a significant impact on the club.

Dempsey was nominated by the Long Island Soccer Football League (LISFL) after being named a Life Member at the club’s annual awards in June. Dempsey will be the 15th member inducted, becoming the first since Malusa Marco in 2010.

“Most of the members that have been inducted were in their sixties, so it is surprising [given] that I am still in my forties,” said Dempsey.

After living in Ireland until the age of 17, Dempsey moved to America in 1985 to continue his soccer career that began at the tender age of five. He became part of amateur club at the urging of his friend Paul Riley. After that, he began his Irish Rover career, which became nothing short of historic.

The Irish Rovers compete in the Division I of the LISFL, which is reserved for the most talented teams. Their most dominated period came during the middle part of last decade where they won four consecutive Division I titles from 2004-’07.

“Willie takes it to heart,” said assistant coach Dominic Temety. “He makes sure everything is good with the team, and he basically assembled the team by himself. He gives it his all.”

Dempsey has been able to pass on his knowledge to younger players since his playing career has moved on. Despite his position as the club president, he is also a member of the reserve squad, which allows him to play in the event of an undermanned roster.

“For a man his age he does a very good job, especially for a striker,” Temety added.

The 46-year-old has proven to be a crucial part of the success of the Irish Rovers over the past 30 years. He will continue to be a part of the organization “for a while” according to Temety, even with his induction into the Hall of Fame.

Although the humble Dempsey will not boast about his achievement he did admit, “they must have been impressed with my track record.” After three decades of unprecedented winning, that is certainly an understatement.

News

Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.

 

“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”

 

New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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