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Runners Shine In 10K Run For ASPIRE

Farmingdale athletes Franklin Diaz, Billy Allen, and Chris Daily put on award winning performances during the 37th annual All Round Foods 10 kilometer run for ASPIRE, through the streets of Plainview and Old Bethpage on April 5. 

 

Diaz crossed the finish line at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview in 34 minutes and 34 seconds, for sixth place overall and first in the 30-34 age group. Allen finished in seventh place overall with a time of 35 minutes and 26 seconds, to earn the third place trophy in the 20-24 age group. Daily scored in 38 minutes, 45 seconds, in 17th place overall and first in the 50-54 age group, in what was one of the most competitive races on Long Island in the past year. 

 

On the women’s side, the performance of Leonora Petrina was nothing short of incredible. Leo crossed the finish line in33:39, breaking the race record set by Angela Hearn in 1989 by more than a full minute.  Runners-up Tara Wilson, Marilyn Caulfield, Kelly Perno

Grosser and Kathy Martin also turned in strong performances, but none of them was within four minutes of Leo.  Kathy’s 39:47 set a new world record for the women’s 60-64 age group.

 

Congratulations and thanks to veteran Race Director Karen Schackner for another superb job of putting all the pieces together. Thanks as well to the ever generous Glen Wolther of title sponsor All Round Foods, and  to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and the amazing staff at Oyster Bay Town Parks and Recreation. Thanks as well to Bob Cook and The Runner’s Edge, to Aspire 10K official shoe company Mizuno, to supporting sponsors Cornerstone Properties, Top Lock Locksmith & Security, and Smith & DeGroat Real Estate.

 

Among the award winners from the local area was Matthew Wontz of Bethpage, who scored with third place honors in the 0-34 age group. 

 

Continuing the theme of helping young peoplewho have had a rough break in life, we were please to welcome Friends of Karen as the new charitable beneficiary of the Aspire 10K. Since 1978, this fine organization has provided vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to families caring for more than12,700 local children...”so they never have to make this journey alone.”

 

— Submitted by the Greater Long Island Running Club

News

Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets. 

 

Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program. 

Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds. 

 

On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of  six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building. 


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 Town of the Taste - September 18

Evening with Jeffery Wands - September 19


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