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Young Players Look To Lead On The Gridiron

In his fourth year as head football coach at Westbury High School, Savalis Charles now has a group of seniors that are fully integrated in his system.

“These seniors came into ninth grade during my first year here so the only thing they know is my system,” said the former LIU Post star. “Last year’s seniors came in under a different coach.”

That will be a huge confident boost for a young team that is returning only six starting players from last year. They will be forced to transition from All-County quarterback Raeco Jackson, who has moved on to play at Div-III Cortland.

Last year, Jackson led the squad to a 3-5 record, which left them one victory out of the playoffs for the third consecutive season. They were on pace for a postseason berth when they began the season at 3-1. Then the injury bug hit. [Read more…]

A Gym For People Of All Ages

Mark Doyle has been a gym rat for most of his life. Big Al’s Family Fitness, located at 51 Frost St. in Westbury, offers the retired professional all he could ask for in a gym including state of the art Cybex machines, elliptical machines, treadmills and stationary bikes.

“I am a general workout type of guy and I’m not looking to do heavy duty weight lifting at my age,” said Doyle. “I’ve been coming to this particular location for 12 years to workout and this gym suits me fine.” [Read more…]

Improvements For Local Park

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilwoman Viviana Russell recently announced renovations to the two natural grass baseball fields at Charles J. Fuschillo Park in Carle Place. The $38,000 project, which was completed earlier this Spring, included re-grading and leveling the infield and outfield, removing hazardous lips on the infield, outfield and baselines, repairing and sodding the pitcher’s mound and adding clay to the infield as needed. Bosworth visited Fuschillo Park to check out the improvements on June 7 as the Carle Place Little League hosted its annual All-Star Day.

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JV Softball Wins Against W. Hempstead

It was an authoritative 15-6 victory for the Carle Place girls softball team over West Hempstead on Friday, May 1. Each player on the Frogs contributed a hit in all seven innings of the game and the team as a whole played well on the defensive side of the ball. The team has won all of their league games thus far in the season with their only losses coming to out of conference opponents.

Head coach Allison Russo was happy with her team’s overall performance.

“I thought the girls hit well today and we were consistent throughout most innings,” said Russo. “It does seem like we always have one bad inning per game but as long as we fight back that is all that matters.”
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Marathon Marks Familiar Path

On May 3, thousands of runners are expected to show their athletic prowess at the Long Island Marathon. Among those runners is Westbury’s Will Shelley, who will be running the course for the 11th time.

For Shelley, the event has a personal connection. Growing up, the marathon route went by his house and his family would stand alongside Wantagh Parkway to cheer runners on. [Read more…]

If You (Re)Build It They Will Come

More than 40 excited boys and girls came to the Village of Westbury Recreation ballfield this past Saturday, April 25, for the opening day of Westbury Little League.

LittleLeague_042915EFor many of these youngsters, Little League marks their first foray into playing baseball. According to Beaumont Jefferson, who heads up the Westbury Amateur Baseball Association (which is affiliated with Little League), the program is in a rebuilding period. The once robust program faces the challenge of declining enrollment, and Jefferson said the focus now is instilling the love of baseball in the community’s youngest players.

“We plan on really trying to rebuild from the young kids and getting them a good experience,” Jefferson said. “We’re spending a lot of time with clinics that teach the game to youngsters, to the 4 to 6 year olds, and starting with a nice feeder program.” [Read more…]

Boxing Gym Packs A Punch

Westbury Boxing Gym held its annual fundraiser April 23, inviting the community to come to the M. Phipps Recreation Center on Post Avenue and see the impact they are continuing to have on young boxers.

BoxingGym_042915CWestbury Boxing Gym aims to help keep kids out of trouble, in addition to keeping them healthy. One of the things that makes the gym unlike any other is that it free for those who want to work out; men and women of all ages are invited to come in and use the equipment and coaches also volunteer their time to help boxers improve. Because the gym is free, donations and fundraisers are incredibly vital in keeping this community safe haven running. [Read more…]

Baseball Eyes County Spot

The sound of the ball hitting the gloves and the crack of the bat are finally here. While the season has just started, the goals are clear for the Carle Place High School Boys Varsity Baseball team.

“Our goals for this season are to win a county championship and to work harder than any other team out there,” said head coach Brian Krummenacker. [Read more…]

Track Coach Wins Esteemed Award

When Westbury High School boys’ track coach, Donald Ross, received the news that he’d won the award for Section 8 “Track Coach of the Year,” he was sick with the flu. The longtime coach was surprised at the honor and he needed someone to pick up the award for him at the honorary dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

“I’d already been to the fall awards dinner and to tell you the truth I wasn’t expecting to receive the honor,” said Ross, who has been coaching track and field for 35 years in the district. “I had a bug at the time and a couple of the other coaches picked up the award for me. But I’m very appreciative to earn this distinction.” [Read more…]

Author Goes Bubbles Up

Paul Mila feels as much at home 80 feet under sea level than he does in his Carle Place home. Over the last 16 years, he’s been diving all over the world and he recently took a look back at his exhilarating diving career in his new book, Bubbles Up.

Mila’s first foray into diving happened while on a trip to Cozumel, Mexico with his neighbors. He fell in love with it after his first try.

“I liked the initial lesson in the pool and then we did a beach dive, and then did the boat dive a few miles off shore,” Mila says. “It was clear and warm and there was a ton of sea life. It was mind boggling. I finished the dive and said ‘I have to do this.’” [Read more…]