George Goger now has a plaque that reads “Great Jiminy Cricket!”
He was feted with the Frank Coppelli Memorial Coach of the Year award for his work with the 10- through 12-year-olds of the Bayside Little League.
The players, coaches and parents packed into Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School on Saturday morning, September 8 for an awards ceremony to commemorate the end of another season.
While the event itself signified there was a sense of pride in all that the players and teams accomplished, Bayside Little League commissioner Bob Reid said that the main purpose of summer ball was something much more intangible.
“The goal is to create a memory he or she will carry with them throughout their adult life,” he said.
The players, who ranged from five to 13, received awards for team and individual achievements, along with plaques recognizing their participation in the league. According to Reid, 2012 saw 847 children come out to play for 64 teams.
This year’s Home Run Derby champion was 13-year-old Jamie Reagan, who was able to blast three homers in five swings during the competition this summer.
Reagan said it was “really fun” to have won the award and credits his success to practicing with his father.
“We go to Cunningham Park and do batting practice a lot,” Reagan said.
As for “Coach of the Year” Goger, the saying on his plaque is a testament to the season.
“It’s all I ever hear him saying on the field,” Reid quipped.
Before presenting Goger the award, Reid reiterated his stance on Little League being about more than scores and records.
“The Coach of the Year award goes to a coach who has shown that winning isn’t everything,” he said. “They instill in their players that having fun is more important. They’re always there for the players and make sure every player is in the game.”
Also following this theme was the Scholarship Award, which was started by Bayside Little League three years ago. The contest is solely for players about to enter high school and asks them to write an essay about how youth sports has prepared them for the future. After 10 entries had been reviewed by the league’s five-judge panel, the winner of the $1,500 prize was declared Charles Angelo Maisano.
The Christopher Adam Scott Memorial Most Valuable Player Award pays homage to an 11-year-old boy who was killed after being struck by a vehicle on a Clearview Expressway overpass in 2000. This year Christopher Velaoras took home the honor.
Both the 10-and-under and 12-and-under teams were recognized for the tournaments they won over the summer as well. The 10U team racked up championships for the District 26 and Rosenbluth tourneys, while the 12U team won a first place trophy at the Gorman Tournament.
One by one the wall of trophies dwindled as kids ran up to receive them, giving their coaches high-fives and fist pounds as they made their way onto the stage, their family members applauding in the audience.
“I think it went very well considering the weather,” league board member Marty Palermo said as the rain drummed against the windows. “It was a big turnout. Packed. I think all the kids had a lot of fun.”
Law enforcement officials, Rotary members and civic group leaders assembled in a reception hall at Villa Russo on Wednesday, April 25 for the Jamaica Rotary’s monthly meeting to discuss current matters and celebrate the outstanding work of local police officers.
From the 102nd Precinct, officers Christopher Valand and Pablo DeJesus received recognition for their takedown of three individuals who had stolen a car. On March 30, the officers observed an Infinity with three people inside. After eyeing the cops, the vehicle sped off and the officers chased after them, radioing in the car’s description to a dispatcher. While in pursuit, the police saw the doors open several times with the suspects displaying firearms. The officers were able to apprehend two of the perpetrators during the pursuit and the third was arrested when he attempted to report the car was stolen.
On Friday, March 2 around midnight, officers William Connick and Mathew Rehman from the 103rd Precinct were out on routine patrol when they heard two gunshots coming from a south Jamaica housing development. The officers spotted an individual holding a gun and another individual on the ground who appeared to be injured. After chasing the individual on foot, he attempted to enter a car with a man and a woman inside. All three individuals were arrested and a 22-caliber, semi-automatic gun was obtained. These arrests led to 11 other arrests and the recovery of five firearms.
Officers Thomas Reo and James Dameron from the 113th Precinct were rewarded for their excellent police work as well. On Sunday, March 18, while on patrol in an area of known gang activity, the officers saw a suspicious looking vehicle with three individuals inside. After inciting a foot pursuit with the individuals, police obtained two loaded .9 mm firearms. Of the three individuals, one was on parole for robbery, one had a history of burglaries and the other was recently released from jail. All three were apprehended by police.
“Burglary is a constant battle,” said 106th Precinct Captain Thomas Pascale when it came time for him to award the officers from his precinct.
On Wednesday, April 18, officers John Gridley, Michael Ranoide and Filip Glowa saw an individual wearing gloves and carrying a flashlight. When they questioned the individual about his reason for being in that area, he claimed he was visiting his girlfriend but could not provide her name or address. The man was positively identified as someone who had been seen in a home where a burglary took place and he was arrested. This suspect has been caught for burglaries in several precincts and has spent 15 years in prison.