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Gym Delivers Health To Syosset

Tara Notrica is your typical 49-year-old mother of two. Along with her husband Barry, the Merrick mom is kept busy by her 14-year-old son Jared and 10-year-old daughter Samantha. One more thing: she has been battling Mast Cell disease in addition to other autoimmune diseases for the past eight years. Josh York, the CEO and founder GYMGUYZ, an in home personal training company that comes to the home of clients all over the island, has been working closely with Notrica to help her cope with her disease.


Josh York and his crew brings the gym home.

“GYMGUYZ is all about the three C’s: convenient, creative and customizable workouts,” said York. “We come to the setting of your choice from homes, offices, churches, and bring our fully loaded van, which has 365 pieces of equipment,” he continued.

In what first began as a vision and a laptop in York’s parents’ dining room, GYMGUYZ set a goal to become the largest personal training franchise in the world. Some of the services include weight loss, body building, senior fitness, pre and post natal, nutritional counseling, and professional sports conditioning.

“We have over 30 employees, including our fitness coaches,” said York, who added that GYMGUYZ works with individuals with MS, muscular and nervous system disorders, cancer and other issues. “Tara is under the care of our head coach Matt, but I always see her on follow up visits. She’s a very special person and has been with us since day one.” [Read more...]

Syosset Rider Jumps To Major Win

When Syosset’s Danielle Cooper and Calantus strutted back to the ingate after their Bayer’s Legend $250,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix jump-off round, they exuded confidence. “You did your part — you rode great,” said Cooper’s trainer Todd Minikus with a pat to Calantus’ rump.


Cooper expects to put the majority of her winnings back into Calantus, the horse she rode to victory.

Cooper was one of six jump-off contenders over a course that tested both horse and rider. Danny Foster presented a true challenge, making each horse and rider work for their hefty checks. Twenty-five combinations qualified from Saturday’s round and six advanced to the jump-off to make a final bid for historic prize money.

Just hours before her trainer took up his throne in the Zoetis Million, Cooper went to the bank with a $75,000 check after the Bayer’s Legend Jumper Prix. The young rider laughed when she admitted the money would go right back to the horses. [Read more...]

Syosset Coach Lands New Post

Garden City has named Dawn Cerrone as its new Director of Athletics and Physical Education, replacing the recently-retired Nancy Kalafus.

“I can honestly say that excellence is an expectation and standard for all,” Cerrone said. “Everyone that I have met is passionate, knowledgeable and invested in the school district and community.”


Dawn Cerrone was appointed at a recent board of education meeting as Garden City’s new Director of Athletics and Physical Education.

Cerrone’s predecessor, Kalafus, was beloved within the district. It is often difficult to replace someone that is held in such high regard. Cerrone, however, welcomes the challenge.

“I find it motivating to follow someone as legendary as Nancy Kalafus in the field of athletic administration,” she said. “Nancy has built one of the most successful athletic programs in the state. Not a day has gone by that I have not reflected on her successes as means to reach new heights.”

Although school is yet to start, there is no shortage of activities to keep an eye on at Garden City. Football practices have been under way for a couple of weeks and now all fall sports have begun practices. Cerrone noted that the priority right now is to make sure there is a “seamless start”, but school will be the focus once it begins.

Cerrone’s résumé certainly suggests she will have no issue upholding the reputation that Garden City athletics has built. [Read more...]

Summer Not Done Aqua Run

runRegistration is now open for the Third Annual Summer’s Not Done Aqua Run on Sunday, Sep. 14 at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Tobay Beach.

Everyone who enjoys running, swimming or both is invited.

UJA-Federation of New York and the Greater Long Island Running Club will be co-hosting the event, which will consist of an 800-Meter Swim in South Oyster Bay followed by a 3-mile run through the Tobay Beach Bird & Game Preserve. [Read more...]

Syosset Swimmer Helps Fight Cancer

SwimmerBBrandeis sophomore Edan Zitelny of Syosset, a member of the men’s swimming and diving team, has excelled both in and out of the pool.

Zitelny conquered in the backstroke, butterfly and individual medley as a rookie. Over the course of the season, he posted the team’s fastest time in five different events over the three disciplines. At the 2014 University Athletic Association Championships, Zitelny won the C final in the 200-yard breaststroke to place 17th overall and score nine points for his team. [Read more...]

Local Girls In Met PGA Tour

pgaElizabeth Choi, an incoming senior at Syosset High School, and Malini Rudra, an incoming eighth-grader at Harry B. Thompson Middle School, came in as runners up and 6th place respectively at the Met PGA Tour Championship held at Ardsley Country Club in Westchester on Aug. 18 &19. 

Choi shot 76&77 and Rudra shot 82&78. Top 40 juniors from Westchester and Long Island qualified to compete at this prestigious golf tournament. Choi and Rudra are team members of the Syosset Varsity Golf Team, the reigning LI High School golf champions of 2014.

Hockey Club Keeps Cool On Ice

hockeyWhat’s a great way to escape from hot and humid summer days? On Monday evenings in July and August, the Syosset Hockey Club middle school and high school members cooled off from the heat during their weekly practices.

These sessions focused on skating drills and scrimmages that helped the kids maintain their “edge” and keep up their skills for the upcoming fall season. [Read more...]

Jericho Skater Joins Ice Dreams

CiciAJericho’s CiCi Fader will join Olympians and National Champions on the ice this September for a world-class ice show at the new Twin Rinks Ice Center in East Meadow. 

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks on Sep. 20. [Read more...]

Syosset Runners Score In Rice 5K


Click on image for more pictures from the race

Congratulations to Syosset runners Nick Lavacca, Patty Santella, Janet Healy, Alexa Morales and Bert Jablon, each of whom won an award in the inaugural James F. Rice Memorial 5K Run through the streets of Levittown on the morning of June 14.

Lavacca crossed the finish line at MacArthur High School in 20 minutes, 39 seconds, which earned him the third-place award in the 45-49 age group. [Read more...]

Brookville Org Celebrates Abilities

AHRCa_082214It was a picture perfect day on the Long Beach Boardwalk as 200 walkers recently gathered to commemorate 65 years of “Celebrating Abilities” as Brookville-based AHRC Nassau walked in recognition of the milestone anniversary of the New York State Chapter of The Arc (NYSARC), the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. [Read more...]