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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

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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