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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. 

News

More than 2,000 Long Islanders enjoyed the festivities at Captree State Park as Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted the ninth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sept. 15.

Attendees learned about sustainable sources of energy as well as ways to protect the planet, especially the island’s marine environment. There were demonstrations in camping, boating, water safety, renewable energy, wildlife and environmental education, fly fishing, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, touch tanks, ballon animals and plenty of rock and roll.

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Farmingdale.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.


Sports

Farmingdale squeaks by Massapequa

The rivalry between the Farmingdale Dalers and the Massapequa Chiefs is a big one. So big that the school districts and the Nassau County Police Department had to take extra precautions to maintain security. Not everyone who wanted to see this game at Masspequa High School were allowed access to the game. In the past, there was some unruly behavior. So, if you were from Farmingdale you parked on the right side of the school and from Massapequa you were on the left. The stands on both side were full and hundreds standing along the fence to watch this game.

The Chiefs would score first in the first quarter with a 9-yard run by Paul Dilena for a touchdown. The Dalers had some problems moving the ball down field until Daler Danny Mckeon intercepted a pass and ran it back into the Chiefs side of the field. This would set up a 6-yard run for a touchdown for Michael Outing who had 19 carries for 84 yards. With the score tied 7-7, Zach Kolodny kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Dalers up 10-7 shortly before  halftime and the heavy rain that followed.

Town sports shifts to hockey

It’s almost time to hit the ice again.

The Town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey Program will hold its registration on Monday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. on both nights. Registration takes place at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.

“The Youth Ice Hockey Program provides youngsters, ages three to 13, with the opportunity to hone their skating and hockey skills under the guidance of ice hockey coaches,” Councilman Joe Pinto stated. “The highly regarded program has earned it recognition by the NHL, which has partnered with the Town to promote hockey programming and youth enrichment through its ‘Hockey is For Everyone’ initiative.”


Calendar

Junior Varsity Football At Baldwin High School

Saturday, September 27

Girls Varsity Tennis At Malverne High School

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Varsity Volleyball Versus Massapequa High School

Wednesday, October 1



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