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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. 

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Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


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