Fall has arrived and so has football season. Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto (back row, holding football) Councilman Joseph Pinto (back row, 5th from left), Councilwoman Michele Johnson (4th from left) and Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr. (back row, center) joined with Nassau County Legislators Michael Venditto (right), Rose Walker (3rd from right) and Joseph Belesi (2nd from right), New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (5rd from left) and District Court Judge Rhonda Fischer (3rd from left) at opening day of Farmingdale PAL Youth Flag Football. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program which promotes dedication, teamwork, and good sportsmanship while players enjoy the game of football and develop skills in the sport. Also pictured are the Commissioner of Flag Football Ray Webb (middle row, center), retired director George Mauro (left), President Russ Catanzaro (2nd from left), Sergeant Doug Kenah (4th from left) of the Nassau County Police Athletic League, members of the Farmingdale High School Kickline and players from the league.
Legendary National Hockey League referee Kerry Fraser (2nd from left) recently met with Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Chris J. Coschignano (second from right), Councilman Joseph G. Pinto (right) and former pro hockey player Buzz Deschamps (left) of the Town of Oyster Bay’s Youth Ice Hockey Program. The group discussed aspects of the Town’s thriving program and shared interesting stories of the game.
The Long Island Regional Development School, hosted and sponsored by the Plainview-based Long Island Junior Soccer League, has provided fully funded, high-end training to Long Island’s most talented soccer players for the past three years.
And now three members of the Long Island RDS are heading to the Red Bulls Academy, the region’s only soccer academy with links to a professional Major League Soccer team.
The New York Cosmos recognized 15 of the Plainview-based Long Island Junior Soccer League teams in a pre-game ceremony on the field prior to their game against the San Antonio Scorpions at James M. Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University on Saturday, August 24.
The Long Island Junior Soccer League joined The Estee Lauder Company for a fundraising event to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation recently at the Peter C. Collins Soccer Park in Plainview. Six girls teams, aged U15 through U17, as well as teams of Estee staffers and executives, took part in a series of scrimmages throughout the day to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
“This is always a great day,” said Carlos Ospina, who has run the event for Estee Lauder the past several years, and is a coach of the Lynbrook-East Rockaway Lizards. “The girls and the teams really take ownership of the event and make it a special day on so many levels, and it’s become a great tune up for the start of the fall season for many of these teams. The support the league and the soccer park have shown us is always appreciated.”
The Town of Oyster Bay and the Greater Long Island Running Club teamed up to conduct an exciting program for young athletes this summer: the inaugural Runner’s Edge-TOBAY Junior Triathlon Training Program.
Seventy local youngsters, ages eight through 13, signed up for this eight-week program, which began in late June and will ends in late August, leading to the participation of these youngsters in the Runner’s Edge-TOBAY Junior Triathlon on Sunday, August 25. All sessions are held on Saturday afternoons at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay.
Chuck Merritt of Plainview, competing under the colors of Merritt Environmental Consulting Corporation, of which he is the CEO, was the winner of the “Top Dog” Division of the 8th annual Marcum Workplace Challenge, held at Jones Beach State Park last month. Merritt crossed the finish line of this 3.5 mile race in 24 minutes, 42 seconds.
To be eligible to score in the Challenge competition as a “Top Dog,” you must be the most senior executive of your company.
The first player in men’s lacrosse history to gain All-America honors both on the field and in the classroom, John Rubano, a native resident of nearby Bethpage, has been selected to the Eastern Connecticut State University E-Club Hall of Fame.
A member of the second team in program history in 1997, Rubano was named to the USILA All-America team and to the USILA Scholar All-America team as a senior captain in 2000 after piling up a record 48 assists and team-high 69 points in leading the Warriors to their first-ever post-season tournament win in the opening round of the ECAC New England Division III Tournament.
The Long Island Rough Riders and Global Sports recently hosted the second Annual Beach Bash Sand Soccer Tournament at Jones Beach. Sixty-four teams with over 700 players competed in 13 age brackets for the sought- after title of Beach Soccer Champions. Players and their families found perfect playing conditions at Jones Beach State Park.
The Long Island Thunderbolts will be holding tryouts for the 2013-14 season for Girls Softball ages 10U-18U at Syosset/Woodbury Park.
The Long Island Thunderbolts was founded in 2010 by coaches Carmine Mazzaro and Peter Janowsky. They started with just one team, have since grown to five, and hope to expand more. The club’s mission is to teach players the game of softball, one pitch at a time. They accomplish this through discipline, respect for each other, integrity and poise as players push one another to strive for greatness.
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