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Football Helps Gladiator Push Forward

For senior Jake Young, playing for the New Hyde Park Gladiators football team is more then just an opportunity to get to play the game he loves; it is a brotherhood. 

 

Young has gone through hard times while as a member of the Gladiators; whether it’s his mother’s battle with cancer, his brother Dan serving for the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan or dealing with the death of a close friend Frank

Trivigno, his teammates have always helped him through it.

 

Young found out about the death of one of his close friends as he walked off the field after a game. He credits the strong bond with his teammates and coaches for getting him through this incident. 

 

“They were crying because I was crying,” Young said. “Without them I would have had a hard time coping and handling everything.” 

 

Young has been playing football since middle school, where he started out as a cornerback.  He played for Great Neck as freshman before transferring to New Hyde Park Memorial High School as a sophomore. 

 

He played cornerback his first year with the program, before switching to middle linebacker once moving up to varsity as a junior. Despite being on the team, Young did not step on the field as a junior.

 

“Jake didn’t play a lot last year,” said Gladiators head coach Kevin Dolan. “But through all the tough times with moms illness, working on his body, trying to keep up with his grades and everything else life has thrown at him, he has become one of our best players.” 

 

Despite coming in with little experience this season, Young has made a great impact on the Gladiators.  He is always among the Gladiators leaders in tackles. 

 

“I have an opportunity to go All-Conference depending on how I do in our last game,” he said. “I have an opportunity to go in the all-state bowl, which is a game all seniors
play in.”

 

After this year, Young hopes to play for a community college in Arizona. 

 

Even with all of this, perhaps the thing Young is most looking forward to is the opportunity to play in front of his brother, who just returned from Afghanistan last week. 

 

“It’s awesome,” he said. 

 

Young credits his brother as a big reason why he plays football, and wears his brothers No. 7 jersey out on the field. 

 

“The best compliment I’ve ever had was my dad telling me that I looked like my brother on the football field,” he said. “That was just the best feeling.” 

 

Young’s teammates and coaches can always count on him to work his hardest.

 

“He’s been an unbelievable player to coach,” said Dolan. “Every coach we play against has a comment to say about his toughness and curiosity on the field.”


News

Following her uncontested election last month, trustee Donna Squicciarino was officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Lofaro for a one year term on Monday, April 7. 

 

Squicciarino is the second woman in New Hyde Park’s 86-year history to serve as trustee. Florence Lisanti was the first woman to serve on the board, whose term expired in 2001.

 

“I think it’s great,” said Squicciarino. “We needed a woman at the table with a different point of view. We have a lot of different perspectives that guide the village in the right direction.”

At the April 3 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, it was revealed that New York State’s recently passed budget has allotted a larger-than-anticipated amount of aid for schools; this has resulted in an additional $360,000 for the district to use for its 2014-2015 budget.

 

According to Board of Education President James Gounaris, the 2014-2015 Herricks budget was already adopted, on March 20; after the surprise boost in state aid, the budget was adjusted and re-adopted at the April 3 meeting, with the additional funds allocated toward restoring some budgetary cuts made to the district in recent years.


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s seventh grade girl’s basketball team finished with an undefeated season, coached by Alison Leighton and assistant coach Myeishay Brooks. 

 

“With an incredible starting five, and depth throughout the roster, the team showed that with talent and determination, they can do anything,” Leighton said. “Not only were they an unbelievable team to coach, they were sportswomen on the court, and gave one hundred percent effort in their games, and practices.”

Most tourists travel to see the sights and eat the food. But New Hyde Park resident Dr. Peter Douris recently flew to South Korea for a different reason entirely. He spent a week in the southern mountains testing for 5th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do. 

 

Douris was part of a group from Kwon’s Karate studio in Manhasset, where they’ve all trained for many years with their instructor, Master H.Y. Kwon, a ninth level black belt.

 

In Korea, their days began at 6 a.m. and continued until very late.


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Zoning Board Meeting - April 9

PTSA-PTA Meeting - April 9

PTA Meeting - April 10


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