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Runners, Walkers Gearing Up For Belmont Run

Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF) has announced that it is joining with New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), the Elmont Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) to stage the 3rd annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer. The 5-kilometer run, open to runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability, will be held on Sunday, June 1, at Belmont Park, with NYRA’s Sam “Sam the Bugler” Grossman calling everyone to the post at 7:15 p.m.

The runners and walkers will traverse a USA Track & Field certified 5K course entirely within the grounds of Belmont Park, leading up to an exciting finish at the finish line on the race track.

Every entrant will receive a shirt to commemorate the occasion. “Win, place and show” awards will be presented to the top male and female overall, the male and female masters (age 40 plus) finishers, as well as the top men and women finishers in each of 16 age groups from 14 and under through 85 plus.

The grand marshal of the event will be Johnny Velasquez, the all-time money winner among North American jockeys, and winner of eight Breeder’s Cup races.

The entire net proceeds will go to benefit the foundation and its mission to promote awareness and early detection of prostate cancer as well as support services.

“The Belmont Stakes is thoroughbred racing’s premiere race which is the true test of a champion,” said Joanne K. Adams, NYRA’s director of community relations. “The Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer [run] on June 1 will be a real test for all of the champion runners as they make their way onto the dirt track at Belmont Park.”

In the 2013 edition of the run, Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale reprised his 2012 performance by scoring as the overall winner, and Stefanie Braun of Huntington outlasted 2012 winner Shari Klarfeld of Plainview to take first place honors among the women. Each of these champions will be back in 2014, and will be joined by most of the other top local runners as well.

Visit www.glirc.org for online registration. Call GLIRC at 516-349-7646 for information.

News

On June 6, 1944, the Americans and the Allies stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, with 150,000 soldiers, 5,000 ships, and 11,000 aircraft in a titanic battle to breach Hitler’s fortified Atlantic Wall. Operation Overlord was the largest invasion in world history; the forces of democracy and freedom were in a fight to the finish against powerful totalitarian regimes and their ideologies. The invasion drew upon all the physical, spiritual, material, and human resources of our great nation. Brave, young Americans overcame daunting odds as they fought their way across Utah and Omaha beaches. These boys, doing the deeds of men, that day changed the course of history.

At the intersection of Carnation and Tulip avenues, passersby might have noticed the erected scaffolding attached to Centennial Hall. According to village officials the building, because of its age and its need for some repair and maintenance, is being examined and evaluated. The monumental columns, that support the front of the building, are deteriorating.

The building was sold by the Freemasons organization to the village more than 10 years ago. It presently serves as the Floral Park Historical Society Museum, a community meeting place, and storage. It has been used as a donation collection site for the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior’s annual event and as the Friends of the Library annual book sale.

The inspection is in progress. The village plans to have more information available as the results are reported.


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