Ashley Cole and Leanne Iannucci recently competed in the ASA Eastern National Girls Softball Championships held in Sterling, VA. At this time, 65 teams from the United States competed in the weeklong tournament; as members of the Long Island Riptide (U14), Ashley and Leanne represented the Long Island-Metro area. The girls also took part in the Team Long Island College Softball Showcase, which was held at the Mitchell Field Softball Complex and Hofstra Softball Stadium. Both Ashley and Leanne are sophomores at Carle Place High School and members of the varsity softball team.
The new Center for Community Inclusion at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University is teaming up with Lose the Training Wheels and the Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation on a program that teaches individuals with disabilities to independently ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle. The program will be held from Aug. 10-14 on the Brookville campus, which is located at 720 Northern Boulevard.
Eric Verruto of Westbury, scored in 14th place overall and 1st in the highly competitive 30-34 age group in the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, held on the grounds of the Sands Point preserve Aug. 15. A total of 350 runners successfully completed the 5 Kilometer (3.107 Miles) course.
Hundreds of Long Islanders flocked to Centre Island Beach Saturday, Aug. 8, to attend the 20th Annual Swim-A-Cross and Beach Bash BBQ. The event raised $15,000 for the American Red Cross in Nassau County.
Congratulations to Christopher Ballato of East Meadow and Carle Place residents Adam Kwarren and Adam Vaz for graduating to the next tip or belt level in the Karatatot program at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park.
Additionally, Adam Vaz, along with Old Westbury resident Aamir Muneer, competed in the school’s May Madness and both received trophies and medals for completing up to seven goals:, including 3,000 pushups, 5,000 kicks, 1,000 jumps and/or ground kicks, 2,000 belly burners and 2,000 jumping jacks, along with attending classes and following through with 10 random acts of kindness.
For many children in the Carle Place area, the arrival of the back-to-school season means they’ll soon be hitting the field as well as hitting the books. But, for those students currently not involved in a fall sport, Play It Again Sports of Carle Place is offering compelling reasons for why they should become engaged.
On July 19, Nassau County Bravest Softball Team won a charity softball tournament to benefit Nicky “Bird” Frichionne, a retired US Border Patrol Agent who suffered a serious head injury after being struck in the head by a softball while pitching earlier this year.
Old Westbury resident Nicole Bielawski, a member of Friends Academy’s Class of 2009, will represent the United States in the International Rowing Association World Rowing Junior Championships, which will take place Aug. 5-8 in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France. Bielawski, who competes in the single sculls event, earned the honor by winning the recent U.S. Junior World Championships Trials on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, NJ. She is undefeated over the past year, and has won gold medals in such prestigious regattas as the Head of the Charles in Boston in the fall of 2008 and the Long Island Scholastic Rowing Championships, held in Bayville this past spring. Come fall, Bielawski will row for Princeton University.
The Carle Place Fireballs U13 boys travel soccer team made history by being the first team in Carle Place to win an Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) Challenge Cup for soccer.
On April 19, the Fireballs defeated the Auburndale Firestorm by a score of 4-1 and, a week later, beat the Lindenhurst Lighting Bolts 4-3. On May 9, the Fireballs defeated the Rosedale Rockets 2-1 and garnered a spot in the May 16 semifinals.
May 20 was a gorgeous spring day and perfect weather for the Westbury Senior Center’s first Golf Outing, which took place at Towers on the Green in Floral Park.
Special thanks to Ben Pardo and his committee, including Cynthia Johnson, Margaret Cecere, Jo Marino, Marilyn Gobel, Robin Marks, Mario Moran, John Iannucci and Ann Abbadangelo, for all of their efforts in raising much-needed funds to continue to provide services for the seniors in the Westbury community.
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