Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
It may have been a polar vortex outside, but inside Farmingdale’s Village hall things were heating up with the first annual Winter wonderland. Close to 800 people filled the village hall over two hours on a frigid Wednesday evening to eat, laugh, and mingle with Main
Street’s finest, the business owners. While K 98.3 played music outside, inside the wonderful aromas of a variety of hot food from the local restaurants filled the air. There were rice balls, and chicken picatta, pastas and meat balls supplied by Cascarino’s and Palmer’s
Grill, along with Shepard’s pie, hot wings from Croxley’s Ale House. The guacamole from Caracara Mexican Grill was so fresh and delicious it would make a Texan jealous. There were 37 business represented all giving away free samples, food, and discounts to a packed crowd ranging in age from infants to seniors.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
On an uncharacteristically beautiful, Feb. 23, the local running community responded in a big way. Between 450 and 500 people showed up at the Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale for the annual Winter Fun Run co-sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (center) recently attended the Farmingdale Firehawks Football Luncheon at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Hawks players ages 5 to 13, along with their coaches, parents and team moms all attended the luncheon to show their support and receive annual awards. Pictured behind the players from left to right are Board Members Bob McCormic and Tim Greco, Village Trustee Patricia A. Christainsen, Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, President Bob Dentato, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Regina Mott, and Board Members Mike Ippolitti, Andrew Frigerio, and Steve Licata.
— Submitted by The Town of Oyster Bay