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Hiram Cowhey Joins Olympians, National Champions At Ice Show

Hiram Cowhey, a second-grader at Northside Elementary School in Farmingdale was selected to perform on Sunday, Dec. 16, as part of the Olympic Ice Show’s Holiday Dreams On Ice cast. The show was held at Cantiague Park in Hicksville.

“It was awesome skating with all the big girls,” Cowhey told the Farmingdale Observer afterward. “And Ross Miner knew how to spell my name.” He has been ice-skating and taking lessons in Bethpage for more than two years. His mother, Shivonne said, “We like him [Hiram] skating in these events so he gets to see the progression within the sport, and the more advanced skills and routines; we also enjoyed watching the show.”

Cowhey, 7, skated with Johnny Weir, a three-time US champion, two-time Olympian, and world medalist, is one of the superstars of figure skating and an emerging pop-culture icon; and Great Neck’s own Emily Hughes, a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team. “Performing on Long Island is always special for me because it’s my home,” said Hughes.

In addition, nearly two dozen young ice skaters, ranging in ages from 5 to 16, appeared in the show along with featured Olympian, U.S. National Champion and World Bronze Medalist Nicole Bobek; two-time U.S. National Bronze Medalist Ross Miner; Ice Dancing U.S. National Bronze Medalists Madison Hubbell and Zach Donahue; U.S. Junior National Champion and World Junior Medalist Jason Brown; U.S. Junior National Champion Max Aaron and National Competitor Samantha Cesario.

The show was initially scheduled for Abe Stark Rink in Brooklyn, but due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the facility was unable to host to the show. Nassau County stepped-up to provide the show promoters with a facility to ensure that the show would go on.

“We thank County Executive [Edward] Mangano and Commissioner [Carnell] Foskey for helping bring this show to the people of Nassau County,” said Tara King, president of Fireworks Sports Marketing and the executive producer of Holiday Dreams On Ice. “Olympic dreams start every day at ice rinks around the world. Thanks to them, maybe our next Olympian will make their debut performance at Holiday Dreams On Ice.”

News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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Holiday Parade - November 22


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