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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

This month, the Professional Golfers Association of America [PGA] hosted the Barclays Tournament—part of the first round of PGA’s FedEx Tournament with a $1 million prize—at the Bethpage Black Golf Course. From the event, the PGA released $50,000 to the Village of Farmingdale. 

 

“It was great working with the Farmingdale community, one of the best host communities in the country”, said Peter Mele, PGA Tour Director.

Secatogue Avenue between the LIRR train station and Eastern Parkway will be closed until September 1, due to the ongoing construction of Jefferson Plaza—a $59 million transit-oriented development project next to the LIRR station—which will involve installation of water, gas, cable and electrical utility lines underground. When finished, the two phase construction project is expected to end in 154 new apartment units as well as another approximately 19,400 square feet of retail space.

 

“The main reason for doing this now is that there is much less traffic in July and August around the train station,” said Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. 


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 13

Plainedge 12 - Island Trees 2 (9UB)

 

Ozone Howard Huskies 14 - Wantagh Hawks 1 (9UA)

The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.

 

The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled  to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.


Calendar

DJ Dancetime - July 31

Over The Hill Gang - August 1

Mini Golf and Ices - August 2


Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com