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Annual Bethpage Trail Relay Still Setting Records

With 120 teams crossing the finish line on Feb. 18, the 14th annual Runner’s Edge Bethpage 3 runner x 2-mile trail relay hosted by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) was the biggest ever, as picture perfect weather and trails that were in “November condition” rather than “February condition” made it the best trail running experience possible.

What a contrast to the past couple of years!  Neither snow nor ice was to be found anywhere in Bethpage State Park, and there was no need to use either the bike path or the parking lot as in the past couple of years.  This was a true trail event!  Everyone seemed to appreciate the course, and everyone seemed to enjoy the post race refreshments – cream of mushroom soup, chicken noodle soup, chili, All Round Foods’ incredible muffins, cupcakes, and other pastries, cookies, and hot chocolate.

Thanks go to our sponsors – Bob Cook and the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge running and multi-sport specialty store, Rob Suarez and all the other great folks at Bethpage Federal Credit Union, and Glen Wolther and All Round Foods for their continued generosity. Thanks as well to our generous raffle prize donors: Croxley Ales, the Library Café, Blimpies.

The winning teams in each of the nine divisions of the Relay were:

Men’s Open: Runner’s Edge team members Matt Walsh, Conor Shelley, and Franklin Diaz
Women’s Open: Bellmore Striders Noni DeGirmenci, Tara Wilson, and Jill Skelly outkicked the Hofstra Women’s team by two seconds!
Mixed Open: Bellmore Striders Boyd Carrington, Chris Mammone, and Meaghan Crimmins
Men’s Masters: GLIRC team members Todd Rowley, George Schroeder, and John Theissen
Women’s Masters: Northport Running Club “Trying Our Best” members Sue Murray and Dianne Finneran
Mixed Masters: Cheetahs team members Jim Murray, Eliana Themsitocleous, and Matt Conroy
Men’s Senior Masters: New Hyde Park Silent Assassins Jon Wallach, Gary Klein, and Tom O’Leary
Women’s Senior Masters: GLIRC Fast Feet team members Linda Ottaviano, Debbie Blair, and Sue Fitzpatrick
Mixed Senior Masters: GLIRC team of Mike Robles, Kellie Stamm, and Bill Gironda

News

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

 

The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector. 

 

“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

 

On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.   


Sports

The Farmingdale Devils  U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti  started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament. 

 

— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils

The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.  

 

On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7. 

 

The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach. 


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - April 17

Maundy Thursday - April 17

Good Friday - April 18


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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