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Grown-Ups Embrace Kickball Again

Wacky names highlight fun feel

of fast-growing new league

The upper field of the John Maccarone Memorial Stadium in Glen Cove is once again alive with the sights and sounds of LI-Kick, Glen Cove’s co-ed adult kickball league.   

Glen Cove resident Sal Farruggia, 27, founded LI-Kick this past spring, in partnership with the City of Glen Cove’s Department of Parks and Recreation and its director, Darcy Belyea.

The new league had 130 players on eight teams and proved to be a great success.  Farruggia and Belyea planned to expand the league to 190 players and 12 teams for this fall. By Tuesday, Sept. 3, the opening night of season two, 211 players had signed up and 14 full teams had been formed. Players range in age from 21 to 64 years of age and all teams are co-ed.

Several teams from last season have returned for round two.  Kevin Christian, 29, of Farmingdale, is a member of the former Saved by the Balls, now re-named Swift Kick in the Grass.  Christian’s team was not scheduled to play on opening night, but he came down to watch and to scope out the competition.  “I love it,” said Christian.  “I really look forward to coming every week and couldn’t wait for this season to start.”

Also waiting for the start of the season, but for a different reason, was Troy Buff, 50, of Garden City Park.  Buff heard about the league in the spring and came down to watch a few games.  He was hooked and began relentlessly recruiting family members and friends for the fall season. “It was all I could talk about. Everyone said I was nuts,” said Buff, “but here they are.” Buff’s team is named HP & C, short for Heating Pads and Cocktails, both of which he says they might need after this experience.

New to the league this year as well, are several teams organized by local residents. Samantha Famigletti, 24, of Bayville, who started the Spicy Meatballs, thought it would be “a good way to have fun and meet new people.”  Mackenzie Keyes, of Glen Cove, summoned up an entire team of her 20-something friends to form The Sleaze Balls.

Also representing Glen Cove were avid softball players Beth Nugent and Beth Losee, members of the newly formed Great Balls of Fire. Nugent had come to watch a friend play last season for Kickin it Old School and thought, “This is a little goofy, but it looks like fun. Let’s play!”  She recruited everyone she could think of. The team was a little nervous at first, never having played as a team before, but soon settled in.  Although Great Balls of Fire was defeated in their first game by the Sleaze Balls, they still “had a blast,” said Nugent.

After the games, the festivities continued at the Downtown Café in Glen Cove for the first of many social events planned to help league members get to know each other better.

LI-Kick games are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8:30 p.m. in the upper fields of John Maccarone Memorial Stadium in Glen Cove. Spectators are always welcome. For further information or to register, visit www.LI-Kick.com or call Glen Cove Department of Parks and Recreation at 516-676-3766.

News

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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