In an effort to raise money and awareness for 7-year-old Nicholas Pedone, who is battling a rare form of cancer, nearly 1,000 community members participated in a 5K Run/Walk on April 7, raising almost $24,000. The fundraiser was organized by Pedone’s cousin, Anthony Famiglietti, a 17-year-old senior at Glen Cove High School.
The race began and ended at Glen Cove High School, on a windy, brisk Sunday morning. Participants were in good spirits as they crossed the finish line, and the runners included students as well as local figures such as Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Councilman Tony Gallo, and Judge Richard J. McCord. Nicholas covered the course in a golf cart, then ran the last 100 feet to cross the finish line.
Last fall, Nicholas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, and the community has been coming together in a myriad of ways to show their love and support. Nicholas lives in Glen Cove and goes to Glen Head Elementary.
Famiglietti first mentioned the idea in a class he was taking called Community Action Using Student Empowerment (C.A.U.S.E) in the first semester of the school year. The purpose of the club is to raise money for a specific person or organization in need and donate proceeds to them. This event was originally scheduled for January but due to weather it was postponed.
Since the class was only one semester and ended in January, Famiglietti, determined to raise awareness for his cousin, continued to organize the event, with the permission of his teacher and school, along with Paulo Coelho, another member of the C.A.U.S.E class.
With Famiglietti’s hard work, he was able to get more than 500 participants pre-registered and more than 50 volunteers to help run the event. He also reached out to businesses and obtained Glen Cove Land Rover as the sponsor for this event. Additionally, he brought in a professional company to time the walk/run, allowing all the times to be posted by age group shortly after finishing.
Nicholas was diagnosed on November 2, 2012, and immediately underwent surgery to remove the mass found on his adrenal glands. Unfortunately, it could not be fully removed. His treatments are very aggressive and planned to last at least 1-1.5 years. He has had five chemotherapy treatments and has already lost all of his hair. Soon, he will go to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a stem cell transplant, and will be there for approximately for month.
For info on his journey, the disease or to donate, visit www.nicholaspedone.com.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.