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Syosset Soars In Homecoming

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Photos by Syosset Schools

On a beautiful October day, the Syosset Central School District held its annual homecoming game and carnival capped with a resounding victory over Valley Stream Central High School.

Hundreds turned out for the community-wide event, which featured halftime show performances from the Syosset High School cheerleaders, kick line and marching band. “Brave Cat” also made an appearance to entertain the crowd and help the cheerleaders get the people loud. [Read more...]

Syosset Runners Score In Aqua

Syosset runners Doug Berkowitz, John Mulvey and Theresa Sherne, each won an award in the third annual UJA-Federation of New York Summer’s Not Done Aqua Run, consisting of an 800 meter swim and three mile run, held at Tobay Beach on Sunday morning, Sept. 14.

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Doug Berkowitz of Syosset strides through the run leg.

Berkowitz completed the swim leg in 16 minutes, six seconds, and the run leg in 27 minutes, 59 seconds, for a total time of 44 minutes, five seconds earning him second place honors in the 40-44 age group. Mulvey completed the swim in 47 minutes, one second, and followed that with 47 minutes, four seconds in the run leg, for a total time of 1 hour, 34 minutes, five seconds. That was good for second place in the 70-74 age group.

Scherne competed in the new three mile “run only” that accompanied the main event, scoring in 28:18 for the three mile run to earn first place honors among the women in the 50-59 age group. [Read more...]

Denenberg Out Of Senate Race

Long Island Democrat David Denenberg has dropped out of the race for state Senate, after recent accusations that the Nassau County Legislator fraudulently billed his own law firm—Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron—over $2 million for non-existent case work.

According to published reports, Denenberg stated, “my family, the electorate, the campaign and this position are way too important to subject myself to such outrageous allegations and negative attacks against me personally. Therefore I withdraw from the race. “

Following news of the impending lawsuit, James Moriarty, a campaign spokesman for GOP-candidate Michael Venditto, called state Supreme Court allegations “truly disturbing.”

“[The Venditto camp] trusts that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, which is reviewing that matter, will do a thorough investigation of these very serious allegations,” Moriarty said.

With Denenberg out of the race, Long Island Democrats are scrambling to find a suitable candidate to run against Venditto this November.

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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...]