Homecoming came to Island Trees this past Saturday, offering a celebration that began with a parade of floats, students, and many local organizations. Members of the military were there too. It was apropos for Island Trees High School to kick off their annual homecoming by paying homage to one of their own. This year’s celebration was also the first annual football alumni day. William “Billy” Henaghan, a former Island Trees alumnus, excelled in football and wrestling. He was indelibly etched into the memory of the community during a very special rededication ceremony in his honor.
“Few towns are known more for honoring America’s service men and women than Levittown. Today I hope this rededication ceremony reminds us not only of the sacrifice Billy Henaghan made, but to many of our Island Trees and Levittown residents who bravely gave their lives to their country,” announced Island Trees School Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy.
The Island Trees community in Levittown has a long, proud and storied tradition of military service. The parks, streets and schools have monuments and memorials dedicated to the local servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. In 1972, 20-year-old Island Trees graduate, William “Billy” Henaghan, died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam. Henaghan, who played football and wrestled for Island Trees High School, is remembered by Island Trees for his leadership qualities, athletic ability and devotion to his family, friends and country.
Island Trees School District honored his sacrifice by dedicating the high school athletic field in his honor. The inscription on the plaque reads, “This field named in memory of William Henaghan who through desire, devotion and self discipline dedicated his mind, body and soul to touch the highest goals in athletics and as a human being.”
Supervisor Kate Murray (sixth left), Town Clerk Mark A. Bonilla (third right) and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin (fourth left) present an official Town of Hempstead Citation on the occasion of the 59th Annual Levittown Red Devils Football Parade and ceremonies held at McLaren Field in Levittown on Saturday, Sept. 11. Also pictured: Senator Kemp Hannon, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, Legislators Dennis Dunne and Joe Belisi, Levittown Red Devils President Dennis Machado, Jimmy Moran, Bobby Casetta, Parks Commissioner Joseph Bentivegna and Richard Weiss.
The Island Trees Bulldogs baseball team proudly announces the verbal commitment of senior third baseman Mike Manganiello to accept a baseball scholarship to Concordia College, where he will study business and major in accounting. Manganiello is a three-year starter for the Bulldogs and has been a big part of the team’s success the past two seasons. As a sophomore in 2009, he hit .400 with 3 home runs and 20 RBI’s as Island Trees made it all the way to the Nassau County Class-A finals. The Nassau County Baseball Coaches Association named him All-Conference that year. Last season as a junior, Manganiello hit .392 with 4 home runs and 25 RBI’s. He was named All County as the Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals for the fourth year in a row and was named captain as a junior for the leadership he provides to Bulldogs both on and off the field.
Ryan Clifford, an eighth grader at
Jonas Salk Middle School in Levittown,
won the 2010 “Angels on the Bay” 5K on
Sunday, Sept. 19 in Jericho.
The Island Trees U11 girls soccer team won first place in the Oceanside Labor Day tournament. Top row: Amrita Parmar, Sarah Caruso, Jenna Stankes, Alexa Turnbull, Ashley Jones, Alyssa Ramirez. Bottom row: Lauren Grieshaber, Veronica Scruggs, Jenna Reilly, Alexandra LaMagna, Ashley Garbacki, Michelle Cina, Mackenzie Byrne with coaches JR Ramirez, Sue Caruso and Bill Scruggs.
Everyone was keeping a watchful eye on the track of Hurricane Earl just a couple of days before the 6th annual Main Street Mile in Farmingdale, but the weather could not have been better for this great event which was held on Saturday, Sept. 4, producing two record breaking performances for both the men’s and women’s races. This Labor Day tradition has grown every year since the first race in 2005. The event was presented by Runner’s Edge, Croxley Ale House, B103 Radio, and Dr. Larry Lembo. The co-race directors were the team of: Runner’s Edge owner, Bob Cook; Mark Leff of Cisco Systems; Mindy Davidson of the Greater Long Island Running Club and BOCES; Eric Bressler of Wikham, Bressler, Gordon and Geasa; and Craig Gluf of Henry Schein. Proceeds exceeding $5,000 from the Main Street Mile were donated to support the Companions in Courage Foundation (CiC), founded by former New York Islander and Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, who also participated in the event. The race finished in front of the Farmingdale Firehouse and Village Hall, with the post race awards ceremony taking place at the Gazebo on the Village Green. There were 289 participants in the race, 37 of them from Farmingdale and many from surrounding local towns such as Massapequa and Seaford, and as far away as Maryland and Charlotte, North Carolina.
What do you get when you cross the NHL with NASCAR and the NHL? Roller Derby is what, and it’s happening right here on Long Island. On Saturday, Sept. 4 the local derby divas, the Long Island Roller Rebels, hosted a tournament at Skate Safe America in Bethpage against seven other teams from across New York State. Hundreds of spectators gathered, arriving often and early to get the coveted rink-side seating for their favorite team’s battle.
The teams completed 12 bouts over the course of the day, operating in the facility’s two flat track rinks. Gotham Girls Wall Street Traitors won the tournament.
Local friends, Jason Orsini and Don Micheletti of Levittown have been qualified and are entered in the 2011 National Ironman Triathlon Championships to be held in Lake Placid on Sunday, July 24. The Ironman: which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile marathon run, is considered the world’s most challenging endurance event. Micheletti, 50, is simply training to be able to complete his first triathlon at the Ironman. Orsini, 30, has higher aspirations and is training to qualify for the world championships to be held in Hawaii. The Ironman has a 17-hour limit; Orsini is training to finish under 10 hours. Both athletes will embark on a yearlong training program to successfully participate.
The Levittown Hot Shotz took part in a three-day tournament this summer in Wallingford, CT and returned undefeated. The first round was played under cloudy skies and resulted in one win and one tie. The second round was filled with rain but the team still won two games, qualifying them for the finals on the last day.
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