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Awards Volleyed To Jericho Team

The month of December has brought many accolades to the Jericho girls varsity volleyball team. The team was honored with the New York State Scholar Athlete State Championship Award. This was followed by individual awards given by the Nassau Volleyball Coaches Association to Gloria Park, who received an All Class Award for her outstanding performance as an outside hitter and team captain. Madison Joyce won an All Class Award for her incredible level of play as the team’s Libero. Marissa Blaine received All Conference for defensive ability. Amanda Damon and Bianca Benayoun also received first marking period’s top Nassau County Scholar Athlete Award.Volley_122614A

Woodbury Hosts Record-Breaking Run


Patty Santella of Syosset heads through the trail on the way to her first place performance.

The weather for this year’s 22nd annual edition of New York Blood Services Rob’s Run was nearly perfect for a late Fall cross country race, and the net result was a bunch of pretty impressive performances—and lots of enthusiasm—on the part of a record breaking 702 finishers who completed the 5 Kilometer course in and around Stillwell Woods in Woodbury on Nov. 30.

Northport High School superstar Mike Branningan led the field in a strong 15:30, followed by 2013 winner Chris Mammone who propelled his Bellmore Striders to top Men’s Open Team honors once again. Billy Holl of Team Tri Global was a determined third place, and Boyd Carrington repeated as the first master.

Victoria Kornieva of the Bellmore Striders scored top honors among the women, outkicking  Lauren Jasinski by 15 seconds, with Jen Dagan a strong third, 15 seconds behind Lauren. [Read more...]

Syosset Athlete Ranks As All-Star


Daniel Albernas was recently selected as a Nassau County all-star basketball player.

Muttontown resident and Syosset high school senior, Daniel Albernas, has been selected as a Nassau County all-star basketball player. Albernas is ranked as a top 10 player in Nassau county’s public high schools and represented Nassau County on its talented team of all-star players.

When asked about this ranking, Albernas said the true measure of an athlete is performance on the field—or court—of play.

“It’s not about being one or two,” he said. “It’s about how you do on the court; how well you play.”   [Read more...]

Syosset Runs For Autism


Patty Santella of Syosset heads for the finish line of the Blazing Trails 4 Mile Run 4 Autism.

Syosset runners Patty Santella, Melissa Esswein, Pamela Lee and Bert Jablon all blazed a trail at a recent run for a good cause.

The proficient pacers each won an award in the seventh annual Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run, held through the streets of East Meadow on Nov. 22. [Read more...]

Syosset Is Title Town

The Syosset Braves secured the first Long Island Championship in school history after the varsity football team defeated Suffolk County Champion Lindenhurst 35-13 on Nov. 28.


The 2014 Syosset varsity football team secured the school’s first ever Long Island Championship with a 35-13 victory over Lindenhurst on Nov. 28.
(Photo by Syosset Schools)

At one point the Braves led 35-0 off the strength of some defensive touchdowns and the solid play of Syosset’s quarterback William Hogan.

“This is amazing,” Hogan said. “It has been 40 years since the district has won a county championship so [the Long Island Championship] is a big deal for the school and the alumni. It feels great to be able to bring it home to all of them.” [Read more...]

Syosset Wins County Title


Elardo takes a pass into open field during the Braves’ 26-20 victory over Baldwin in the Nassau County Conference I Championship game.
(Photos courtesy of Syosset Schools)

For the first time in 40 years, the Syosset High School varsity football team was crowned Nassau County champions after defeating Baldwin High School in the Conference I Championship game on Nov. 20.

In the final offensive drive of the game, junior quarterback William Hogan led the Braves on a six-play, 55-yard touchdown drive that culminated in Ian Berg’s two-yard run to pay-dirt to make the score 26-20 with just over three minutes remaining. [Read more...]

Syosset Soars In Homecoming


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.


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.


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...]