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Blue Ribbon Prostate Cancer Run New Site And Date: December 9

Run moved to Syosset-Woodbury Community Park

The  2012 Blue Ribbon 5K Run for Prostate Cancer, which had been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18, has been postponed until Sunday, Dec. 9, and has been moved to a new location, Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury.

“It is never an easy task to have to postpone  an event, not to mention having to move it to a different location,” observed Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) Chief Administrative Officer Linda Ottaviano. “Fortunately, with the enthusiastic cooperation of Town Supervisor Venditto and the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department, we have been able to reschedule the event and relocate it to the scenic grounds of Syosset-Woodbury Community Park,” added Rhonda Samuel, Executive Director of  Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF), who hosts the event.

If you have already registered for the Run, there is nothing else for you to do but to show up at the Community Park sufficiently in advance of the 9:30 a.m. starting time. If you’re not yet registered, you can sign up at glirc.org.     

Additionally, the GLIRC Trail Run that had originally been scheduled for Dec. 9 will be held on Sunday, Dec. 23 instead.

IMF said the run is supported by a grant from Abbott, as well as Shiel Medical Laboratory, lead local partner and Advanced Radiation Centers of NY, local partner. The BRRPC raises funds for prostate cancer awareness, education, and support services throughout the NY metro area. 

The race starts at 9:30 a.m. and athletes, cancer survivors, caretakers, family members, physicians, and friends will find this a challenging course for the running enthusiast on the rolling pathways of the golf course. There will be an onsite health fair as well as free prostate cancer screenings.

Awards will be presented in all categories. Race management services are by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) for their final event in the 2012 GLIRC Grand Prix of road races.  Timing and scoring by Start2Finish Corporation, with the timing chip built into your 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 only $20 in advance, and $30 on the day of the race. The Grand Marshall, is 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 for a suggested donation of $5 to aid in the fight against prostate cancer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Mike or Linda at the Club office at (516) 349-7646, or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   To volunteer, contact Mindy Davidson at 359-9409. “Otherwise,” said Mike, “See you on Dec. 9.

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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September 4

Greek Festival

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