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Rangers Will Visit Rink

NYRangers.Steriopoulos.event.BThe New York Rangers will host a “Try Hockey for Free” event [Read more…]

New Owners At The Skate Shop



Arthur Wisniewski (left) and Sinisa Dragas

Arthur Wisniewski and Sinisa Dragas have taken over the skate shop at the Andrew Stergiopoulus Ice Rink at the Parkwood Complex. [Read more…]

New Skate School Director


SkateDirector_082615A.The Great Neck Park District welcomes back Great Neck’s own, John Castro-Tie, as the new Skate School Director [Read more…]

Staniszewski Is A Winner!

Medals_070815BAfter retiring from the competitive arena almost three years ago to take care of his son Jake [Read more…]

He’ll Run in Suffolk Race

Marathon_062415A (1)When the inaugural Suffolk Marathon in support of veterans sets off on Sept. 13, Great Neck’s Stuart Burkhoff will be ready to go, among the runners. Along with the marathon, the event also boasts a half marathon. The races will raise funds to expand and enhance veterans’ services in Suffolk County. It also is a last-chance qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Burkhoff, a Lake Success resident, along with his wife and young daughter, has already run three marathons. But, running has not already been a lifelong experience. “I was not a runner growing up, quite far from it,” Burkhoff explained. As a youngster he was asthmatic and out of shape. “I started running as a challenge to myself and three marathons later, I now run to inspire my daughter and educate her on the importance of exercise. Burkhoff says that he believes running is a “great activity” that he can do together with his daughter. And now he looks forward to having her cheer him on at the Suffolk Half Marathon.

The Suffolk Marathon has a distinctly planned route that was designed to showcase and drive tourism toward downtowns along the Great South Bay. The race will begin and end at Heckscher State Park in East Islip with a Taste of Long Island Festival, featuring local craft breweries, award-winning wines and local food. Suffolk County has partnered with New York State to host this inaugural event. The festival will also feature live musical entertainment.

“The Suffolk County Marathon is a mechanism to highlight the incredible communities, natural resources and businesses we have here in Suffolk County,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who is also running the marathon.

For some race participants, the Suffolk Marathon is their first full marathon, while other registrants have been competing in marathons, tough races and triathlons for years. Runners from around Long Island and beyond are participating, including wheelchair and hand cycle competitors, veterans and supporters of veterans, as well as many others eager to enjoy Suffolk’s natural beauty and participate in the inaugural race.

North Shore-LIJ Health System has been named as a presenting sponsor.

The Suffolk Marathon is part of the veterans series of races that began May 23.

Veterans and residents who run or volunteer in all of the six races of the 2015 Suffolk County Veterans Running Series will receive a special commemorative challenge coin. Those who run or volunteer in a majority of the races in the running series will receive a commemorative participation medal.

The marathon is managed by the Greater Long Island Running Club at:

To learn more about the Suffolk Marathon or to register, visit

Thursday Soccer Evaluations

futbolista_soccer_player_clip_art_15800The Great Neck Soccer Club has been showcasing competitive boys and girls travel soccer teams [Read more…]

Great Neck Spirits Basketball

Spirits_052715AOn Friday May 15, the Great Neck Spirits wrapped up their 21st season with a night of fun and bowling. [Read more…]

Bears Hockey Awards

HockeyAwards_051315B (1)The Bears Hockey program celebrated the end of a great season at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink [Read more…]

They’ll Run on Sunday

From Nicole Unger, who’s been a top finisher in her age (25-29) category in local races, [Read more…]

Merchant Marine A Top Athlete

TennisAthlete_042215ARecently, the Landmark Conference announced its Athletes of the Week and (Kings Point United States Merchant Marine Academy) USMMA sophomore James Hicks (Haddon Heights, N.J.) earned the honor for men’s tennis. This is the second time in his career that Hicks was named the Athlete of the Week, as he also got the accolade back on March 31, 2014, during his freshman campaign.

Hicks was a perfect 3-0 at the #2 spot in singles action in the Mariners’ three Landmark Conference matches this past week. He defeated Drew’s Tommy Butschi, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-2, on Wednesday. On Saturday, Hicks handed Juniata’s Matyas Kohout his first conference loss in a three-set thriller 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (12-10). He wrapped up his perfect singles week with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout victory over Susquehanna’s Matthew Weller.

In doubles action, Hicks was 2-1 with freshman partner Jake McDonough (Wilmington, N.C.). His only loss was a close 8-5 decision vs. Juniata on Saturday. The duo defeated Drew’s #1 doubles flight, 8-3, on Wednesday and Susquehanna’s #1 doubles on Sunday, 8-1. Hicks is on a seven-match singles winning streak and his overall record is 7-2. In doubles, he and McDonough are 5-4.

Up next, the USMMA tennis team is expected to host non-conference opponents Lehman and St. Joseph’s of Brooklyn next week.