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Annual Prostate Cancer Run Set For November 18

POSTPONED. Visit imfcares.org for an update.

Preparations are underway for the 4th Annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer taking place on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course in Woodbury.  

Integrated Medical Foundation was pleased to announce that the run will be supported by a grant from Abbott. Additional support comes from Shiel Medical Laboratory, lead local partner, and Advanced Radiation Centers of New York, local partner. The Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer raises funds every fall for prostate cancer awareness, education, and support services throughout the New York metro area.  

Bringing together athletes, cancer survivors, caretakers, family members, physicians and friends for this community event, the Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer will prove to be a challenging course for the running enthusiast. There will be an on-site health fair as well as free prostate cancer screenings. 

Starting at 9:30 a.m., the runners and walkers will be treated to a scenic five-kilometer course on the rolling pathways of the golf course. Awards will be presented to the top male and female overall and Masters Division finishers and to the top three male and female finishers in each of 16 age groups running from 14 and under to 85 and over. The top three finishers in each of two Clydesdale and Athena Weight Divisions will also be presented with awards. The Greater Long Island Running Club is providing race management services and the race will be the final event in the 2012 GLIRC Grand Prix of road races. Start2Finish Corporation will provide timing and scoring, with the timing chip built into a runner’s bib number. Results will be available at glirc.org within 24 hours after the race. The course has been certified and the race sanctioned by USA Track & Field.

The entry fee is $20 to those who register in advance and $30 to those who wait until the day of the race to register. All entrants will receive a high-quality commemorative shirt. You can register online at glirc.org or imfcares.org until 9 a.m. on Nov. 17.

The grand marshal of the run will once again be radio host Curtis Sliwa and the honorary chairman will be Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes of the New England Patriots. You will be able to have your photo taken with Mike on the day of the run in return for a suggested donation of $5 to aid in the fight against prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer affects our loved ones – our fathers, grandfathers, husbands, brothers, uncles, sons, grandsons, friends, neighbors and colleagues. One out of six men (one of four African-American men) will have prostate cancer in their lifetime. Per year, 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 30,000 of them will die. 

“All men age 40 or older should talk to their health care provider about prostate cancer,” says Rhonda Samuel, executive director of Integrated Medical Foundation. For information about the run, call Mike or Linda at the GLIRC office at (516) 349-7646 or visit www.glirc.org. For information about sponsorship opportunities, to make a donation to the cause or for prostate cancer information please visit IMFcares.org. To volunteer, contact Mindy Davidson at (516) 359-9409 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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