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Farmingdale Women Race For Charity

Farmingdale females were out in force on July 12, to represent their hometown at the 31st annual Long Island Women’s 5 kilometer run sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club. 

 

Bob Cook, who owns the Runner’s Edge shoe and sports apparel store on Main Street, said that attendance at this year’s race was the highest in the race’s history, with more than 500 women competing for the grand prize. 

 

According to Cook, over the years, the race has attracted the likes of world-class runners and Olympians from all over the state, racing for the $500 grand prize.

 

“A lot of ladies who win races around Long Island show up for it,” Cook said. Among this year’s winners Jessica Mangieri, 17, was the top finisher from Farmingdale, with a final run time of 21 minutes,

48 seconds, earning her the distinction of finishing twenty-eighth overall and fourth in the highly competitive 15-19 age bracket. 

 

Five other Farmingdale women would not leave empty handed either. Stephanie Birkl, 13, and Jenna Cottone, 12, finished in third and fourth place respectively in the 11-14 age group; Joan Ackerman took fourth in the 65-69 age group, Jessica Delguercio, who took fifth place honors in the Athena 160 pound plus weight division and Maryann Harvey, who scored third among the masters Race Walkers. 

 

Leading up to the race, Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker and the Greater Long Island Running Club’s Amy Goldstein held a fun run for kids 12 and under, which sent about 30 youngsters once around the Farmingdale High School track. 

 

“We were thrilled to have so many of our Farmingdale friends being part of this year’s run,” said Race Director Debbie Blair. 

 

“Farmingdale is a terrific venue for an important event like this one, and its nice to see so many locals participating in the event once again this year,” she said.

 

Each year, the top three runners overall receive accolades as well as the top runners in each of the 26 age brackets. This year, Jodie Robertson of Melville claimed the grand prize, finishing with the fastest overall time of 17 minutes and 7 seconds. Leonora Petrina of Bayport and Laura Cummings of Bayshore took second and third overall respectively. 

 

All of the proceeds raised by the Long Island Women’s 5k go to The Opening Word, a charitable program managed by the Domonican Sisters to give poor immigrant women English-speaking skills and other tools they need to become productive members of society. For more detail go to theopeningword.org.

 

While it is too early to determine how much was raised in this year’s race, the Greater Long Island Running Club has previously donated about $2,500 from the Women’s 5k run alone. 

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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