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2012 RXR LI Marathon Weekend May 4 Through May 6

Beneficiary is an organization supporting children diagnosed with a life threatening illness and their families

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, on April 9, joined RXR Realty Chief Executive Officer Scott Rechler, Nancy Mariano, regional director of Friends of Karen and Long Island Marathon runner Brian Ihm, who has been running with the Friends of Karen team for four years, inside the winter garden at RXR Plaza in Uniondale, to announce the 2012 RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend, which will be held Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6. The marathon has grown to include a full and a half marathon, 10k, 5k, 1-mile run and Kids Fun Run.

“I am pleased to team up with RXR and the community of runners, for the 2012 Long Island Marathon,” Mangano said. “This is one of Long Island’s most exciting events and I encourage as many people as possible to participate in this year’s marathon and use this opportunity to become physically active, whether they choose to train for the 5K race or the full marathon.”

“We are very happy to continue our long-standing role of RXR Realty as the title sponsor of the Long Island Marathon. Being an active participant in the community and giving back are part of our core values. These ideals are ingrained as part of the corporate culture at RXR. We work here, we live here and we want to contribute in any way we can,” noted Scott Rechler.

“We are so appreciative of our partnership with the Long Island Marathon which affords Friends of Karen the opportunity to share our mission and vital services with the Long Island and New York communities,” said Nancy Mariano. “Our team has grown from our initial 25 runners to 227 participants who cross the finish line in support of our precious children diagnosed with cancer or another life threatening illness and their families. Last year Friends of Karen helped 1308 children.”

Brian Ihm, of Lindenhurst, has run the Long Island Marathon for the last four years to give back to Friends of Karen, the charity which has given him so much. Brian’s daughter Gwendolyn was diagnosed with leukemia when she was just 2 months old. Brian’s family was overwhelmed with worry and fear. During one of Gwendolyn’s long hospital stays, the family met Marla, a social worker from Friends of Karen.

Friends of Karen has been there for Brian’s family through Gwendolyn’s entire treatment, providing gifts during the holidays for the family, helping with the grocery bills and gas. In turn, Brian wanted to do what he could to give back to Friends of Karen, so he started running the Long Island Marathon with the Friends of Karen team. Now he has brought in friends and family members to grow the team and fundraise.

Gwendolyn, now 6, is in first grade and is your typical 6-year-old girl. She loves to dance, specifically tap and jazz, and is also a Girl Scout. After her bone marrow transplant in 2007, she has been in remission and is celebrating her five-year anniversary this October.

The festivities begin on Friday, May 4, at 3 p.m. with a vendor expo at Mitchel Athletic Complex, followed by a Pasta Party at 6:30 p.m. courtesy of the Main Event Restaurant and Sports Bar. The races begin on Saturday, May 5, with the 1-mile run starting at 8 a.m. Shortly thereafter, the 5K commences at 8:30 a.m. Both the 1-mile and the 5K races start on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. and finish at Mitchel Athletic Complex. The last race of the day, The Kids Fun Run, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the Mitchel track.

On Sunday, May 6, the marathon, half marathon and 10K will take place. All participants will assemble at the starting line on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. for an a.m. start. The races all offer the competitors a course with varying scenery and the opportunity to see prominent Nassau County buildings such as RXR’s Omni Building, Museum Row, the Mitchel Athletic Complex and home to the New York Islanders, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Unlimited spectator viewing areas throughout the course give family and friends the chance to offer moral support during the run. Starting at 10 a.m., there will be live music at the finish line, located across from parking field 5 in Eisenhower Park. Once crossing the finish line, all participants will receive a participant gift bag, finisher medal, and other finisher mementos. The sponsors for the 2012 RXR LI Marathon are: Newsday, Equinox Fitness, Long Island McDonald’s Operators, Michelob Ultra, Snapple, PM Pediatrics, Cabot Cheese, and The Main Event Restaurant.

Registration for the 2012 RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend is available online until April 20. Costs are as follows: full-marathon $65; half-marathon $55; 10K $35; 5K $30; 1-mile $18. Late registration will be accepted on May 4 and 5 at the Marathon Expo for an additional $10 charge. For any additional information or to register, visit: www.thelimarathon.com, or call: (516) 986-5537.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

The Acchords Concert

April 26

Senior Citizen Luncheon

May 1

Curtains

May 1-3



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