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MacArthur Generals Lacrosse Plays For Autism Awareness

Assisted by his brother Chris, Joe Gallagher’s handmade custom puzzle pieces decorated the MacArthur turf as the MacArthur Generals boys’ lacrosse team took on Mineola in recognition of the first annual Autism Awareness Night. Raffle baskets were filled with generous donations from local vendors, such as Toro Pazzo, M&T Dance Unlimited, Segesta Pizza, Ultimate Champions Taekwondo, NY Lizards, Phil’s Pizza, autographed Scott Rodger’s goalie gloves and various school booster clubs. 

 

Over $2,000 was raised with proceeds benefiting The Hagedorn Little Village School, in Seaford. The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children (HLVS) is a publicly funded, not-for-profit school, which provides educational and therapeutic services for children with developmental disabilities. 

 

The crowd was first treated to a JV win and the stands erupted in cheer after Jordan Hama scored his first goal of the season. “The energy and enthusiasm in the air just reinforces the close knit community we have here at MacArthur” said JV Coach Chris Leahy. 

 

The Varsity team then took to the field under a beautiful April moon and went on to impress the crowd with a 16-3 win with 10 different players scoring. Goalie James Glatter had five saves and Ryan Purcell had four saves.   


News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Calendar

IT Board of Ed - September 17

All Star Comedy - September 18

Irreversible Paul Lynde - September 19


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