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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

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

 

“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.


Sports

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


Calendar

MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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