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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

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


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