Plainview’s Peter Collins Soccer Park was the sight of a season-long charity effort this past fall, as the Long Island Junior Soccer League donated 1,130 pounds of food to Long Island Cares, Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank. The food was collected through donations by players, parents, coaches and spectators during the league’s food drive at the soccer park on Old Country Road throughout the 2013 fall season.
“On behalf of all of the children and families served by Long Island Cares, Elana Sissons, Food Drive Coordinator, and I are truly grateful for your support,” said Paule Pachter, executive director of Long Island Cares. “This donation will go a long way towards ensuring that more Long Island children and families do not go hungry.”
After more than five decades of buying and selling sports memorabilia, Plainview resident Les Wolff is pitching his expertise to the collecting public.
Using a series of local presentations, Wolff decided to hand-off his knowledge to other collectors in the hopes of informing them about the ins and outs of collecting; and hopefully help others make a mint in memorabilia. But more than that, Wolff wanted to help people save precious valuables from destruction.“I started my lectures because I saw what happened with Hurricane Sandy, I saw whole collections devastated,” said Wolff. “A lot of people don’t know whow to protect memorabilia. I show them how to collect, but also how to protect and preserve. And not just sports memorabilia, but also things like family photos and albums.”
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School recently announced the following student-athletes as the District’s Athletes of the Month for December 2013: These students personify the School District's emphasis on athletic participation while maintaining focus on academic achievements.
A Plainview youngster was one of 40 athletes from across tthe country who competed in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals in Denver during the AFC Divisional Playoff game Jan. 11.
Representing the New York Jets, Sebastian Lippman, 8, launched two punts, passes and kicks as he attempted to score on distance and accuracy. The second-grader from Pasadena Elementary School put on an impressive display, but ultimately came up short in the competition, finishing in fourth place.
A record field of 1,266 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Saturday morning, Dec. 21 at the 26th annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5 Kilometer Run, which started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage.
Mark Valentino of Smithtown and Nick DiBenedetto of Wantagh went stride for stride for the entire race, with Valentino repeating his 2012 win by edging out DiBenedetto at the finish line by less than a second. Katie McGrath of Oakdale had a much easier time of it, winning the women’s division by 42 seconds over Lauren Jasinski of Plainview.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District John F. Kennedy High School senior student Chris Tracz recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Marist College. Chris has been a leader in the classroom as well as on the field, earning a 92.95 grade point average. He also is a member of JFK High School’s basketball team. Chris signed his letter of intent with his family, coaches and academic advisors in attendance.
— Herald Staff
Bethpage High School senior Francisco Almanzar signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 14 to play Division II baseball for Dominican College in the fall, where he was accepted on early admission. The catcher for the Bethpage varsity baseball team received not only an athletic scholarship, but an academic scholarship as well. The combined scholarships will cover most of his tuition.
Francisco was joined at the signing by Coach Fischer, Principal Michael Spence, Athletic Director John Franchi, his parents Elizabeth and Javier, and his brother Miguel, a freshman who also plays baseball for Bethpage.
— Submitted By The Bethpage Union Free School District
Plainview Brownie Troop 3547 were guests of Busto’s Martial Arts Studio at 490 Old Bethpage Rd. last month for some training and exercise. John “Shehan” Busto, owner of Busto’s, personally taught the 14 Brownie girls an intro lesson on martial arts basics, including striking, leg kicks, sweeps, evasion tactics, footwork and more. Four of Busto’s advanced students came in to demonstrate some of the moves for Brownies. The girls had a great time, and learned important lessons on protecting themselves from a local master and his team.
The Plainview PAL Pony cheerleaders and football players had the wonderful opportunity of cheering and playing football on the gridiron during half time at the Jets game against the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 1. The smiling faces and cheery spirit of the Plainview girls was the highlight of the day and more than made up for a medicore Jets performance on the gridiron.
The cheerleading squad raises the excitement level at sporting events throughout Plainview and beyond. Their highly skilled routines provide a much-needed energy boost to teams across the sports spectrum with perfectly-timed moves, wide smiles and unbridled enthusiasm.
Student-athletes in the Plainview- Old Bethpage Central School District are involved in several volunteer programs throughout the year that are designed to give back to the community. The purpose is to help the student-athletes develop a sense of community while building strong character traits. To date, the student-athletes have raised more than $250 during the District’s Breast Cancer Awareness week, and helped organize the district’s NFL Punt, Pass and Kick program.
— Herald Staff
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