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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

Over Labor Day Weekend, from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, the American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale, treated Long Island locals to a once in a lifetime experience, taking visitors high above the clouds during its Warbird Weekend: Salute to Airpower. 

 

To kick off the celebration, on Aug. 28, tens of thousands of Long Islanders who worked in local defense plants, but were never given an official “thanks” for a job well done, were honored by the Museum. 

Sometimes when you do a job for a customer, you really have to expect the unexpected. 

 

In the case of German Cabral and Jason Galvin, energy efficiency advisors with the Farmingdale-based Green Homes Long Island, this was just the case. Who could have imagined that while trying to figure out the best way ot lower a client’s energy bills they would solve a 20-year-old mystery? 

 

On Aug. 20, certified energy efficiency experts did a home energy audit for Plainview resident Seymour Bosworth, with the goal of lowering the homeowner’s energy use by 25 percent or more. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


Calendar

Board of Education - September 17

A Taste of the Town - September 18

Car Free Day Rally - September 18


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