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Colleen Gardner Wins Award At RunNassau Series Race No. 3

Congratulations to veteran Farmingdale runner Colleen Gardner, who scored as the second woman in the 30-35-39 age group in the third race in the RunNassau Series of races leading up to the Long Island Marathon. The race was a 5-mile event at Cedar Creek Park on April 7.

Gardner, 35, raced to a 40-minute, 27-second finish, a pace of 8:05 per mile that got her to the finish line a strong 15 seconds in front of third-place age group award winner Irena Brobston of Oceanside. Jenn Thelian of Hempstead took first place honors in the age group.

The series, conducted by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) under the auspices of Nassau County and the Friends of Nassau Recreation, consists of four races. The finale will be at Eisenhower Park on Saturday, April 28.

“This is a great new concept that has been long overdue,” observed Walter Kueffner of the Running Club, who heads up the race committee. “We thank County Executive Ed Mangano and the County Parks Department for cooperating in adding all these new programs leading up to the Long Island Marathon, and we are thrilled that so accomplished a runner as Colleen Gardner Klarfeld was on hand to help us celebrate this great series!”

News

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.

Farmingdale residents are being urged to use caution when answering the doorbell due to ongoing concerns of imposters posing as utility workers. On Aug. 19, officials with the South Farmingdale Water District—covering the Farmingdale, Bethpage, Seaford, North Massapequa and Massapequa Park communities—sent out an advisory warning customers not to let anyone into their homes claiming to be a water district employee without first showing photo identification. The advisory was sent as a safety precaution, instructing residents to immediately contact the police if they are suspicious of anyone identifying his or herself as a “water district” employee.

According to the South Farmingdale Water District Commissioners, it is rare for any water district employees to show up at a home or business unannounced in order to read a water meter or confirm a leak, as most, if not all, residential visits are done by appointment.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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