More than 400 hearty souls braved the frigid waters and the very windy shore of North Hempstead Beach in Port Washington, to raise money for the Special Olympics. In the past the group has raised as much as $70,000 and hopefully this year it will surpass that amount.
Included in the mass of “plungers” is always North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kai-man along with his wife, Kim, and this year, their very brave 5-year-old daughter, Iyana, as well as their son Shaun, but he “plunged” with his Great Neck North High School group.
You get what you pay for. How many times have you heard that expression? We have this generalized perception that the more something costs the more it is worth. This is invariably true, but the red herring in this line of thinking is price. Easy come, easy go. That’s another expression that is frequently bandied about.
I remember back when minimum wage was $1.05 an hour. If you worked four or five hours on a weeknight job you did not notice the value of your time as much as you did on a Saturday working eight hours with a lunch break after four. It did not take long to figure out that a $3.00 lunch at the deli pretty much wiped out an entire morning’s take-home pay. You had to make a decision. Was it worth it?
Value, worth, and price are concepts that we spend a lifetime attempting to define. Perhaps Karl Marx said it best when he wrote that the only real value came from human effort, labor, which brings us back to easy come, easy go. If you are not willing to labor and sacrifice to obtain something, then clearly that something is of lesser value to you. (So much for Aesop’s fox and his sour grapes.)
Last week Herricks matmen opened the New Year with a league dual match on Wednesday against the Plainview Old Bethpage Hawks. Highlander Second-Men warmed up the audience by plucking the Hawks 34-0. John Dunn (fr-125), Samir Licul (fr-130), Paul “P.J.” Tantillo (so-140), and Jason Liarikos ((fr-145) all won by pins. Justin Hwang won by major decision at 152. The Varsity contest followed with Plainview forfeiting five of the required fifteen weight classes. Coach Cliff Forziat wanted to go after them without the benefit of the free points, but that meant putting the pressure squarely on the shoulders of the younger and least experienced team members. Tom Gonzalez (sr) started things off at 152 and was manhandling his Hawk 8-4 when his opponent surrendered at 1:06 of the first period. Kevin Ryersen (sr) bumped up from 160 to 171 and pinned his man in 49 seconds. Anthony “Lurch” Rosa (jr) followed up at 189 with a 31 second pin.
Herricks Winter Track team member Pat McGuire took first place in the shot put event last Saturday at the Walt Brehim Invitational. McGuire beat out over 60 competitors in the shot put event with a throw of 43 ft., 6.5 inches.
Discovery Days of Fun in Air, Space and Science will take place during the Holiday Vacation Break, Dec. 26 through Jan. 2 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
Visitors of all ages will be able to participate in a variety of family activities that will explore everything from building rockets to the science behind many popular toys.
From Saturday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 2, work on building rockets, creating your own space pack plus coloring and puzzles and more. On Monday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 31, the Cradle’s “Science of Toys Workshop” will explore the science behind some very popular toys like the classic “Thaumatrope” and the “Balance Bird.”
Herricks Girls Volleyball team and Cross Country team were the recipients of the Nassau County Sportsmanship Award in their respective conferences.
Girls volleyball coach Tara Krinsky was voted Coach of the Year in Conference AAII. Boys Cross Country Team also received sportsmanship award.
At the Annual Nassau County High School Volleyball Banquet, held recently at the Long Island Marriott, New Hyde Park Memorial High had two winners. Jocelyn Jones was recognized as a Scholar Athlete and Monique Arantes, stepdaughter of New Hyde Park Village Trustee Richard Coppola, was awarded All Conference Athlete. Coach Jackie Rizzutti was also in attendance.
Recently, the Holy Spirit 6th Grade Boys Basketball Team of New Hyde Park started off the season with a 54-30 victory over St. Mary’s of Manhasset as Danny Alexander lead the team with 18 points using his excellent ball-handling skills.
Adding points to the high scoring game were Joseph Annunziata and Patrick Parente. St. Mary’s struggled to get by the strong defense of Justin O’Shea and Thomas Salzarulo. Robert McGuinness and Joseph Annunziata were all over the boards with their rebounds. Robert Pomara, Joseph Jonas, and Christopher Cavalo contributed to the teams victory. The boys look forward to a succesful season!
The teenagers at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, meet at the school every two weeks to organize events; their main goal is to contribute. The teens have a great time and while they are having fun they are also planning on ways to contribute either by either raising money and/or by doing random acts of kindness.
There are no parents allowed; however, they is always an adult, and a certified instructor at Charles Water Karate & Fitness. Charles Water and Karate & Fitness has wonderfully motivated the dedicated teenagers. The Teen Club consists of 12- to 18-year-olds who train at the studio.
We are so proud for our teenagers for their sense of community and contribution. Whoever said that teenagers in America are uncommitted have not met the teenagers at Charles Water Karate & Fitness.
After winning the 9-year-old division No. 2 championship last year in the Nassau County Youth Football league, there was only one goal for the 10-year-olds this year when they started practicing 3 days a week on August 2nd. Win the division 1 championship.
The Chiefs won the regular season Conference championship by going 7-1, beating out 15 other teams. They then took on a very determined Inwood team in the semi-final game and prevailed. The Chiefs then were one step from their goal. Playing on the main stage at Mitchell field stadium on Sunday November 21st they fell short and lost to a very tough Uniondale team. The boys should be very proud of their accomplishments this season and will begin practicing on August 1st as 11-year-olds with one thing on their mind. Get back to the championship and win. They will celebrate their successful season on December 3rd at the annual Mineola PAL Football Dinner.
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