Long Islanders Get Shot at NY Islander Mini Camp

Most of the attention of the New York Islanders mini camp surrounds organization’s top prospects. Two of the most popular amongst media are first round selections Griffen Reinhart (2012) and Ryan Pulock (2013). They are sat next to each other, and both days’ media scrums ensue around them. Yet the two stalls to the right, in the shadows, both literally and figuratively, are local products invited to join these Isles prospects. Chris Makowski (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Tommaso Bucci (Franklin Square, N.Y.), two teenagers that are members of the P.A.L Junior Islanders. They’re two of the five from the team that competes in the United States Premier Hockey League. Defenseman James Mazza (Kings Park, N.Y.) joins his teammates across the locker room for the “White” team, attending his second mini camp with the organization.

It was “a dream come true,” for the 19-year old Bucci who scored 13 goals and assisted on 16 more in 46 games this year. “I walked in here, saw my name on the stall and started smiling.” Makowski, who netted four more goals and 11 more points than his teammate this year expressed the same feelings as his teammate.

With Bucci and Makowski growing up just 30 minutes from the Nassau Coliseum, there is no surprise both of their first moments in the building involved hockey. Makowski’s first took place on the ice at seven-years old. During a skills competition during the intermission of and Islander game, the now 6’3” forward scored on a breakaway. “It was awesome,” said a smiling Makowski. “I didn’t get the game puck so I cried a little bit.”

Bucci can’t remember the exact game, but knew he first went to a game during the team’s playoff run of 2004. The pair both grew up Ranger fans, but that may have to change now. “I told my Dad I may start becoming an Islander fan,” joked Bucci who comes from a family where both his parents grew up playing the sport. Makowski tries to come watch two games at the Coliseum, despite the opponent because he loves the sport.

Both Bucci and Makowski won’t be leaving each other’s side soon. They are committed to play hockey for the Mercyhurst University Lakers in the fall, a NCAA Division I program in the Atlantic Conference.

While the media may flock to the players sitting to the pair’s right, it doesn’t take away from their enjoyment of the camp. “I may not be getting as many interviews [as Reinhart],” Makowski jokingly said, “but this is all a lot of fun.”

The pair has been skating on the same line through the first two days, and is expected to do so in front of their family and friends in Thursday’s rookie scrimmage and skills competition. “I have about 50 people coming,” stated Bucci. “I’m hoping to score a goal, I don’t shoot much so maybe I’ll get an assist and Chris will score one.”


Umpire Training on Long Island

Just like an amateur baseball player needs to learn the fundamentals of the game, an umpire needs to learn the basics of officiating. Since 2007, Big Apple Umpires has held a training class for new prospective employees. President Joe Goldstein leads the group that officiates all over Nassau County and throughout Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Goldstein, Steve Callahan and Steve Golde teach the 12-week class that begins in January annually. Working with the Mineola High School varsity baseball team, the prospective umpires are taught fundamentals on the field, in addition to the entire MLB rulebook.We have more on the Long Island organization.

Club Athlete Stress

Kerri Schreiber and Nick Cavallino are two Hofstra University Students. Kerri, cheered for 3 years, before wanting to pursue new ambitions. Nick played for the club baseball team for 2 seasons before leaving to join the club soccer squad. Both speak of the pressures and stresses club collegiate athletes can deal with during participation

**The views and opinions of this video do not reflect Hofstra University**

Teaching Children Music from Home

Angela Argenzio, 50, of Orangeburg, NY is a music therapist who has the privilege of working in her owns home. Besides having a part-time job in schools, she created “Tooting Tots”, a branch off of Musikgarten’s curriculum. This helps the development of children through the art of music. For Argenzio, she gets to do this all from her own home. I had the chance to find out what it is like to be a music therapist, and what exactly “Tooting Tot’s” is.

Find out here!





Mommy Mayor Bloomberg to Ban Earbud Headphones Now?

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There are millions who live and work in New York City. Mayor Bloomberg has already tried to make a ban on supersize drinks, and now is going after earbuds. Yes, he says it’s all about health issues, but the mayor is trying to make the Big Apple a utopia by doing this.
While reports say that hearing loss in teens rose 30 percent from 1988 to 2006 according to Government health services, music isn’t the only loud noises that can cause hearing loss. Walk around the city on any given day, it’s never quiet. There is a reason why New York City is known as “the city that never sleeps.” The Mayor has battled with the city’s noise problems in the past. Back in 2005 he enabled Local Law 113, also known as “Noise Code.” This allows police officers to enforce limits on jackhammers, music, car alarms and many others.

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I give Mayor Michael Bloomberg full credit for looking out for the health of the people of his city. The Fund for Public Health is providing the city $250,000 for this campaign. However, he’s the mayor, not a mother of a child. That’s how it can be interpreted. Mommy Mayor is disallowing people from making their own choices once again. Good for the Mayor for caring, but just educate, don’t ban; because the more he does this, the more people will want to rebel. “It’s something you don’t even need a psychology degree to pick up on,” Says Dr. Richard Shearman, an experienced psychologist. “People want to do what they’re told not to, especially teenagers.”
So if this passed, how will it go about? Will there end up being a law that can ticket any person on the street for using earbud headphones? Think about the economic impact it can make. Earbud headphones, if not custom and molded, can be much cheaper. So now if a person cannot afford an over the ear headphone, what are they supposed to do? Educate all you want, but don’t try and strike down. This will only cause more and more problems that the good citizens of the five boroughs of NYC do not need.
While statistics and research says in-ear headphones are more dangerous, that’s only if the volume is played to its highest decibel. This is a job for the national government to put regulations on. Maybe Washington should crack down and allow headphones to reach a certain decibel. It wouldn’t be the first time the national government did something like this. But if one Mayor tries to be like a mother to the citizens he represents, it will never be taken seriously.

Reporting from MSG

On February 14th, 2013, I had the experience of a lifetime, covering a National Hockey League game from “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden. Working for 88.7FM, WRHU, the Flagship station for New York Islanders Hockey, I got to tag along with reporter Mike Sullivan to MSG to get post game sound in the locker room. It was an experience I will never forget.

Music Preview Extension On iTunes, Is It Too Long?

In 2011, after circulating rumors, Apple decided to increase the length of song previews on iTunes. Originally at a 30 second preview, customers could get a glimpse of the song before buying the product, for the price, then at $.99 (now at $1.29). The California based company decided to extend that preview, to 90 seconds, giving buyers a longer listen to the product, they are about to download.

“If I’m actually going to spend money on the song and not download it illegally, why shouldn’t I be able to get a longer preview,” says Regina Argenzio, an NYU student who is an avid music fan of a wide range of genres. “Country, Lady Gaga, etc., I enjoy it all and want more, but hate having to pay for it.”
While customers everywhere are happy about the product, there are still a group who are opposed to the preview change; the musicians.

Matty Amendola , is the founder and owner of 825 Records , based out of Brooklyn, NY. As a musician/ song writer, he’s also play for bands such as The Classic Futures appearing on MTV’s TRL , and has played in some of the biggest venues such as Radio City, the Apollo Theater, The Hollywood Bowl along many others. The 23 year old has also composed music for companies such as Nike, IBM and MetLife, in addition to having two solo albums. So as a musician, he is completely opposed to the preview extension. “It’s what will kill the business even more,” says the young musician, with his picked out afro sitting on the couch in his Brooklyn studio. “Pirating music is already hurting, now with iTunes doing this, it takes away even more from customers to buy music that put in hard work and dedication.”

Matty’s Dad, Billy Amendola is an editor and writer for Modern Drummer Magazine. However, the same thoughts do not run in their bloodline. Billy Amendola was originally a drummer for a disco band back in the 70’s, known as Mantus. He’s played for many different musicians, including Debbie Gibson, whom he passed up going on tour with due to the birth of Matty. While shows were what helped Mantus gain success in the disco scene, it was their mix tapes that made them popular. “Just getting our music out there was the big thing. We loved to play…of course we wanted money,” Amendola says with a smile, “we just knew the more that listened, the bigger the following, and the more money we would receive when booking gigs.”

The question is, where do you side? Do you think listening to the song is enough? Is it not fair to listen without paying after all the hard work the musician put into it? The answer is simple, it depends who you ask. It’s all one big opinion, because no matter what, not everyone will ever be satisfied.