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Local Marathoner Runs For A Good Cause

Glen Cove resident Eva Casale is probably one of the fittest human beings you will ever meet. The long distance runner has competed in the New York City Marathon five times and last September ran a 100 mile event from Jones Beach to Oyster Bay to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On July 7 she’ll participate in the 7-7-7 Challenge, running seven marathons in seven days to raise money for the organization.

 

“I actually came up with the name of the 7-7-7 Challenge myself because I’ll start on July 7 and run seven marathons for seven straight days,” said Casale. “Each day I’ll be in a different community on Long Island and run a 26.2 mile course to help raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is an organization that I strongly believe in.”

 

Casale, who has been an active runner for more than 30 years, first got involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2007. She joined the organization Team In Training (TNT) and served as a coach for the group. Each year she has put together and participated in a unique event to help raise money for the LLS.

 

“Through this group I’ve met a lot of people with blood cancer diseases and with the money raised through these events it goes towards research studies and that means more lives saved,” said Casale. “I believe in this organization and I believe in the cause.”

 

Her first 7-7-7 Challenge event will take place in Happauge on Monday, July 7. On Tuesday she will be in Sayville, on Wednesday in Farmingdale, on Thursday in Babylon and Friday in Long Beach. For the last two days of the Challenge she will run 26.2 mile courses through Massapequa and Glen Cove ending up at the Downtown Cafe at 2 p.m. on Sunday for a post celebration. She will begin her courses at 2 p.m. during the weekdays and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. She will run a total distance of 183 miles for the whole week.

 

During the beginning of each of her races, Casale will start out with what she calls a “mission moment.”

 

“The mission moment is basically for who I’m running for that day. I’ll dedicate each race towards a different type of blood cancer and in memory of someone who was lost to that cancer.”

 

Participants are welcome to join Casale in her marathon runs but she encourages those who not full fledged marathoners to join her after the 19 mile markers. Their is a suggested donation of $50 for all participants and every runner will receive a medal and free t-shirt after the marathon is completed.

 

How will the hardcore runner prepare for her seven day, 183 mile marathon event?

 

“My plan is to run at an even pace each day in order to hold my energy level throughout the week. I will take plenty of water, Gatorade and energy gel packs with me in order to stay hydrated and eat carbohydrates and protein before the start of the marathons.”    


News

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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