Fifty-eight hardy souls braved the Great Holiday Blizzard of 2010, and showed up at the Melville Marriott on Sunday, Dec. 26 to donate “the Gift of Life” at the annual December Athletes for Life Blood Drive.
The general meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) was also its annual “Awards Night.” Several athletes from the local area were among those singled out for awards.
It is has been a very special year for Farmingdale’s Over the Hill Gang Softball League. The League celebrated its 35th anniversary and capped the milestone with its most successful fundraising campaign ever.
Amy Palmeiro-Winters is a runner; she will not stand still for anything. Eagerly making a mark in the sport, it seemed that her running career would be cut short when, at 21, a motorcycle accident claimed half of her left leg.
In spite of expert opinion, she began running again after 27 surgeries over a three-year span. The surgery attempts ended with the decision to amputate from just below the knee. She has since experienced tremendous success. The sheer fact that Palmeiro-Winters kept motivated through so much adversity is something few can do.
On Wednesday, Dec. 1 Matt Long, author and former NYC Firefighter who almost lost his life after being hit by a bus visited Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale. Long spoke about his accident and signed copies of his new book, The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete.
On Friday, Dec. 10, in their first home game of the season, the Dalers’ boys’ basketball team hosted the Plainview JFK Hawks in a non-league matchup. Farmingdale came into the game with a record of 1-1, having beaten Wyandanch and lost to Copiague a week earlier in a tournament in Amityville.
The Daler varsity black roller hockey team, under the direction of head coach Jim Gunn with assistants, Pat McDonald and Gabe Vitale, won their first four games. The Island-wide High School Roller Hockey League standings were just released. For the second year in a row, the Varsity Black Dalers are in the Platinum, Division I.
After knocking off the undefeated, top-seeded Inwood Buccaneers in the semi-finals, Farmingdale’s Senior Hawks faced the defending champion Baldwin Bombers in the Nassau County Youth Football League finals at Mitchell Field on Sunday, Nov. 21.
The 11 and 12-year-olds of Farmingdale’s Howitt Jets, under the Coaching of Wally Seyfert, moved up to the Varsity Division (12-14 year-old division), and finished with a record of 7-4.
Nicholas Mattei from Farmingdale has had a whirlwind start of his senior year at St. Anthony’s High School in S. Huntington. In September he was elected to the board of the National Honor Society as vice president. A position that has kept him involved in almost every event that takes place at the school from sun up to sun down.
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