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Northsider Skates For A Cause

Singers and skaters from all over the country recently gathered at Bryant Park in New York City, for the annual Sing and Skate Against Breast Cancer benefiting the Jacobi Medical Center Auxiliary. 

 

Participating in this year’s event, 8-year-old figure skater Hiram Cowhey of Farmingdale took the opportunity to showcase his skating skills alongside former Olympic athletes. Currently attending Northside Elementary School, Cowhey said he spends most of his spare time skating in the hopes of one day going pro. 

 

“It was awesome,” Hiram said, “I wasn’t nervous at all.”

 

According to his mother, Shivonne O’Brien, Hiram first noticed his passion for the ice three years ago, after she had signed him up for an instructional program offered by the Town of Oyster Bay. Since then, Cowhey has competed in several events including the 2013

Lake Placid ISI competition, where he won several medals. He will also be competing in the upcoming Empire State Winter Games, from Feb. 6 - 9, in Lake Placid.  

 

At this year’s Sing and Skate event, vocalists Marieann Meringolo and Broadway’s N’Kenge performed live as athletes skated around, in synchronicity with the music. Olympic skaters would join the broadway starlets for an hour-long performance to raise money for

Jacobi’s Breast Patient Navigation Program, which helps guide patient’s recovering from treatment.

 

“It’s so great to have live music in a wonderful setting like Bryant Park,” said Bari Cenname, a breast cancer survivor who produces the benefit for the Jacobi Medical Center.

 

While this was Cowhey’s third consecutive Sing and Skate fundraiser, the event had meant much more than it ever did in years past. After learning that a classmate’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Hiram felt a need to help raise donations for the program. 

 

“I know people get cancer... but it was new, because I didn’t know anyone with cancer before,” Hiram said. “It felt good that I could help.”

 

As of press time, the Jacobi Medical Center Auxiliary has raised roughly $11,000 for the program—$1,000 more than last year’s fundraiser. In addition to his help with the Jacobi Medical Center, Cowhey enjoys getting to mingle with stars and celebrities attending the event and is looking forward to participating in next year’s performance. 

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Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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