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Local Runners, Walkers Invited To 2012 Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5K run. On Saturday, Dec. 15 the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) will be celebrating the 25th anniversary edition of that event at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage.

Thanks to the generosity of the Melville Intellectual Property law firm of Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt and Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, this year’s edition of the run will offer all the great amenities of past years, and more.

Race Director Ric DiVeglio will be joining lots of volunteers to stage another spectacular morning of family fitness and fun. Santa Claus will once again be there as the official starter, and hordes of reindeer, elves and other denizens of the holiday season will be at the middle school.

There will once again be special prizes for the best holiday costume and for the first “centipede” to cross the finish line. Runners and walkers are most definitely encouraged to run/walk in costumes appropriate for the season. There will, of course, be a fun run for the youngsters on the grounds of the middle school before the 5K main event.

GLIRC will once again hold a giant post-race door prize drawing that will be highlighted by the grand prize of a flat screen high definition television set and the second prize of a top-of-the-line digital camera. Everyone who is entered in the run has an equal chance to win a prize.

Please note that this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run will carry forward the GLIRC policy of a 50 percent discount for preregistered runners age 16 and under.

A portion of the net proceeds of the run will be turned over to the Opening Word, an education program for poor, uneducated women to give them the tools that they need to become productive members of society.

Everyone who shows up for the event is encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy with them to benefit children in need through the John Theissen Children’s Foundation.

Among the top finishers in last year’s edition of the Run were Thomas Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale in 4th place overall out of 1238 finishers, and Christopher Daily of Farmingdale in 13th place overall and first finisher over the age of 50.

GLIRC expects both of these outstanding athletes to be back on Dec. 15, and looks forward to welcoming lots of other runners from the Farmingdale community.

Call Mike or Linda at (516) 349-7646 for entry forms or information, or you can register online at www.glirc.org. Want to be a volunteer? Contact Mindy at (516) 520-9481 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . (If you use email, please put “Ho Ho Ho Run” as the subject.)

News

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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