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Red Hook Heatwave Win the Double by Taking the Girls-Under-18 State Open Cup Championship

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Two weeks after winning the Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) championship, the Red Hook Heatwave topped the LaGrange Chargers, 2-1, to win the Girls-Under-18 State Open Cup. The game between two East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) teams was played on Sunday, June 4 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.

The Player of the Match was Red Hook goalkeeper Kyla Burns. Lauren Engel scored a Red Hook goal and Isabelle LaBarbera added the other off an assist by Alexa Franceschi.

“We are very excited to win the double!” commented Red Hook coach Paul LaBarbera. “The LaGrange team is awesome. They tested our keeper, Kyla Burns, and she is very aggressive. The girls left it all on the field as it was our solid defense that led us to the win, even though we had no subs because of a prom last night.”

A more rested Red Hook team will represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) at the Regionals from June 30 to July 4 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

Red Hook also received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. The namesake of the award, who died last year, was inducted into the Halls of Fame of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and Eastern New York plus was honored as a Life Member by U.S. Soccer. Amoroso started the LIJSL Sportsmanship Program in 1980, it has since been copied around the world and he spoke about the benefits of Fair Play across the United States.

With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log onto http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.

 

June 12, 2017 |

Red Hook Heatwave Win the Girls-Under-18 Eastern New York Premier League Title

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Although Championship Month is June in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), it started 11 days early when two friendly rivals from the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL), the Red Hook Heatwave and the Rhinebeck Breakers, met on May 21. The Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) Girls-Under-18 championship game was played at Greig Farm Fields in Red Hook. Behind a three-goal hat trick by Isabelle LaBarbera and a shutout by keeper Kyla Burns, Red Hook won, 3-0, to capture their second consecutive ENYPL title.

Coach Paul LaBarbera stated, “We plan to go out and have a team dinner to celebrate winning the league. There is a lot of respect and trust for each other on and off the field and several of the players have been playing together for most of their lives. We currently have players from three different school systems but there is a natural affinity within the squad that just seems to grow every game. They face each other in the fall in high school ball, and in the spring they unite to become the Heatwave.”

A day earlier, Red Hook bested Rhinebeck, 4-2, in the State Open Cup semifinals on two goals by Isabelle LaBarbera and one each by Alexa Franceschi and Cassandra LaBarbera. Red Hook will play another EHYSL team, the LaGrange Chargers, in the Girls-Under-18 State Open Cup final on June 4 at Stringham Park in LaGrange. It’s been a very successful climb up the youth soccer ladder for Red Hook as this is only their second year as a Premier team.

“We do not have any special plans for the LaGrange Chargers as far as strategy or preparation as I believe playing the Rhinebeck Breakers back-to-back is excellent prep for any squad. The Breakers have a lot of talent on their team and you are only going to improve when you play them as they are tough, well-coached and work very hard,” Coach LaBarbera added. “We have to treat LaGrange with the same amount of respect. They definitely have some key players and a quality coaching staff so we will continue to keep training the way we always do––with intensity, purpose and heart. The bottom line is these young women just love the world’s most beautiful game.”

With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.

(Photo attached of the Red Hook Heatwave, courtesy of the team.
Back row, from left to right: Cassandra LaBarbera, Kyla Burns, Kate Lord, Gillian Berardi, Claire Doyal, Alexa Franceschi, Jayna Cherny, Isabelle LaBarbera
First row, from left to right: Lauren Engel, Julia Rogerson, Chrissy Gildersleeve, Alex Dunn, Anna Dolen, Sydney Flood)

 

May 31, 2017 |

Volunteer Chair Announced for Heart Walk Event

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The Hudson Valley American Heart Association (AHA) has announced that Dr. Lori Morton will serve as Executive Champion of the Westchester Heart Walk event, set for Sunday, October 1st at Kensico Dam in Valhalla. The Heart Walk is the AHA’s largest annual event, raising more than $400,000 for AHA programs and research last year.

Dr. Lori Morton is the Director of Cardiovascular Research and Fibrosis Research at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Morton will appeal to local businesses and community leaders to support the American Heart Association’s mission through sponsorship of the Heart Walk event, and invite them to form teams to join the Heart Walk to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

At Regeneron, Morton leads a team of scientists in the discovery and validation of new drug targets for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases affecting heart, kidney, lung and vascular function, as well as a number of diseases characterized by tissue scarring (fibrosis). Dr. Morton’s group collaborates with a number of other research groups at Regeneron to develop and test new medicines, determining the best candidates for new investigational clinical programs.

Heart disease costs employers more than $3 billion annually, according to the AHA. It is the leading killer in the U.S. and New York State of both men and women.

“I have been a professional member of the American Heart Association for 11 years and I fully support their mission,” she said, “I’m looking forward to working with community leaders to engage their support of the AHA’s lifesaving work. Every day, the AHA works to strengthen our community’s well-being, and due to their robust commitment to funding research, they will impact the broader future of healthcare as well.”

Morton has a Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following her Ph.D., Dr. Morton trained at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

In 2002, Dr. Morton joined Regeneron and established the Cardiovascular Research department, studying the function of genes and proteins on blood pressure, cardiac, renal and vascular function, to identify new approaches for treating cardiovascular diseases.
Morton is also on the Board of Directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival and is the Chair of the Chappaqua PTA STEM Committee.

The Heart Walk is a celebration of year-round efforts by local organizations to create a “culture of health” in the workplace. The American Heart Association encourages worksites to support healthier behaviors at work through the AHA’s Workplace Health Solutions program. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., and physical inactivity doubles the risk. Information is online at www.heart.org/workplacewellness.

Companies interested in supporting the Heart Walk with sponsorship or teams should call Jennifer Miller at 914-806-0962, or email Jennifer.miller@heart.org. To register online, please visit www.westchesterheartwalk.org.

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway, and locally by White Plains Hospital, New York Presbyterian, Fujifilm, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Phelps Hospital Northwell Health, and Stop and Shop. Media sponsors include Westchester Magazine, Buzz Creators, News 12 Westchester, The Peak 107.1, and Examiner Media.
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About the American Heart Association  

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

May 31, 2017 |

Byrne Bill Passes Assembly Increasing Access to Automated External Defibrillators

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A statement from Assemblyman Kevin Byrne

 
A public health bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, which would increase access to lifesaving automated external defibrillators (pictured above), was passed by the State Assembly on Wednesday, May 17.

“I am thrilled to report a bill I sponsored amending the public health law to increase widespread access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) through physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) was brought before the Assembly yesterday and passed with overwhelming support. I’d like to personally thank my legislative colleagues who worked to ensure the passage of this worthy measure, which promises lifesaving benefits in the ongoing battle against the number one killer of all Americans, heart disease.

“My wife, Briana, a PA, and I, an EMT, have seen firsthand the crucial importance of early defibrillation in the race to save someone suffering from cardiac arrest. Each day, countless medical professionals across New York State work tirelessly for our communities. As your Assemblyman, I remain committed to ensuring these men and women continue to have the needed resources available to them.”

The proposed legislation (A07532) has a companion bill in the Senate (S05718) sponsored by Senator Hannon. The senate bill reported out of the Senate’s Health Committee in late April and is awaiting a vote on the floor. If approved, it will then go to the Governor for his signature.

May 18, 2017 |

Westchester Magazine Announces Wingfest!

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WESTCHESTER MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES WINGFEST!
Presented Trackside by Empire City Casino
Westchester Magazine and Empire City Casino present
Westchester County’s first-ever Wingfest! This exciting new event will feature a smorgasbord of
wings from more than 25 different restaurants plus live music, cold beer, food trucks, contests and
more! The festivities will take place trackside at Empire City Casino, Yonkers, NY on Saturday,
September 16, 2017. Guests will sample an unlimited supply of the best chicken wings in the area
and then cast a vote for their favorite wing. At the end of the night the winner of the Best Wing
will be announced.
Wingfest joins Westchester Magazine’s lineup of spectacular annual events including the Wine &
Food Festival in June and July’s Best of Westchester® Party and is sure to be another sell-out
crowd pleaser! Tickets are available online at westchestermagazine.com/Wingfest.
Single Tickets: $45
Party Pack of 10 Tickets: $400
Ticket includes unlimited wings and unlimited beer.
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Empire City Casino, Yonkers, NY
For more information contact:
Barbara Begley
bbegely@westchestermagazine.com
914-345-0601
For sponsorship information contact sales@westchestermagazine.com or 914-345-0601 x. 138

May 17, 2017 |

June is Championship Month in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

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“I like New York in June, how about you?” is the opening lyric to a song introduced in the 1941 film “Babes on Broadway” and sung by such notables as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra. Youth soccer players like New York in June too as it’s Championship Month in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). 45 teams will be crowned state champions next month.

Nearly all the action is on the first two weekends in June at Stringham Park in LaGrange, the home of the LaGrange Soccer Club, with the State Cup finals being played there. The finals are divided into State Open Cup (for the best teams in the state) and Arch Cup (for the teams that are not yet the best). And the Arch Cup is split into Platinum and Gold competitions in most age groups so every travel team in Eastern New York has a legitimate chance to win a cup title. The schedule for the State Cup finals:

 

 

 

Arch Cup Finals State Open Cup Finals
BU10 Saturday, June 3rd BU12 Sunday, June 4th
BU11 Saturday, June 3rd BU13 Saturday, June 3rd
BU12 Saturday, June 3rd BU14 Saturday, June 3rd
BU13 Saturday, June 10th BU15 Sunday, June 4th
BU14 Saturday, June 10th BU16 Sunday, June 4th
BU15 Saturday, June 10th BU17 Sunday, June 4th
BU16 Saturday, June 10th BU18 Sunday, June 4th
BU19 Saturday, June 10th
GU10 Saturday, June 3rd GU12 Sunday, June 4th
GU11 Saturday, June 3rd GU13 Saturday, June 3rd
GU12 Saturday, June 3rd GU14 Saturday, June 3rd
GU13 Saturday, June 10th GU15 Sunday, June 4th
GU14 Saturday, June 10th GU16 Sunday, June 4th
GU15 Saturday, June 10th GU17 Sunday, June 4th
GU18 Sunday, June 4th
GU19 Saturday, June 10th

 

Additionally, the Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) will have its finals for the BU16 (Boys-Under-16), BU17, BU18 and BU20 age groups played in LaGrange on Saturday, June 10. The GU19 (Girls-Under-19) final will be played at Kissena Park in Queens on Saturday, May 20, the only state championship game to be played in the month of May. The champion of the five other ENYPL age groups will simply be determined by the team with the best record during the regular season.

Eastern New York would like to thank our wonderful sponsors of the Arch Cup, the Arch Capital Group, which writes insurance and reinsurance on a worldwide basis through operations in the United States, Bermuda, Canada and Europe, with a focus on specialty lines.

With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.

 

May 17, 2017 |

Byrne Announces Passage of Bill Re-designating ‘Major Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway’

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BYRNE ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF BILL RE-DESIGNATING ‘MAJOR CLAYTON CARPENTER MEMORIAL HIGHWAY’
Name reflects local hero’s posthumous promotion

On Tuesday, May 9th, the State Assembly successfully passed Assemblyman Kevin Byrne’s first piece of legislation (A02998), amending the highway law to re-designate the ‘Army Captain Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway’ as the “Major Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway.’ This is also the first Republican bill to pass the Assembly this year. The legislation updates the highway law to reflect Clayton Carpenter’s true rank.

Following Carpenter’s tragic and untimely death during a training exercise in 2014, legislation was passed designating this particular stretch of road as the ‘Army Captain Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway.’ However, Carpenter was posthumously promoted to the rank of Major in the time subsequent to the original designation. This most recent bill, which received overwhelming bi-partisan approval in the Assembly, certifies that the highway named in this local hero’s honor will bear not only his name, but his true military rank.

“Major Clayton Carpenter was an American hero, and an exemplary citizen of Westchester County who bravely and selflessly served his country and community,” said Byrne. “His service and sacrifice will never be forgotten, and I am honored to have played a role in ensuring that the official name of the ‘Major Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway’ will reflect his true rank.

“When we hear and see so many negative things about our state government, it’s refreshing to see people unite behind good pieces of legislation like this. I’d like to personally thank all my Assembly and Senate colleagues who supported this measure.” Byrne continued. “For this worthy piece of legislation to be not only our conference’s first passed bill of this legislative session, but also my first bill passed as a state legislator, gives me great pride.”

Born in 1983, Clayton Carpenter, a Cortlandt Manor resident and graduate of Lakeland High School and West Point, served multiple tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a platoon leader of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, an elite Army helicopter unit. In addition to his military service, Carpenter was an active member of his community, volunteering his time with multiple organizations, including the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The bill was previously passed earlier this year by the State Senate sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy, and is currently awaiting final approval from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Once signed, the act will take effect immediately.

May 11, 2017 |
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