Written by Massapequa Observer Staff, email@example.com Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
Back-to-back overall winner in 2011 and 2012 of the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5-K, Conor Shelley of Rockville Centre, and 2009 and 2010 winner Chris Mammone of Massapequa (who holds the course record of 14:43) went stride for stride for most of the Oct. 19 race before Shelley pulled ahead near the finish for a five-second win. Shelley’s winning time was 15 minutes, 27 seconds.
The 5 Kilometer Oyster Bay course is a classic jaunt through the heart of Oyster Bay hamlet, starting on South Street by the firehouse, with a long uphill trek on Berry Hill Road, a steep downhill challenge on Sandy Hill Road, and a stretch down East Main Street to the last turn into the Townsend Square parking field to the finish line.
Many local runners from neighboring towns distinguished themselves with respectible race times. Steven Weiss of Plainview scored first in the 35-39 age group, while Shari Klarfeld of Plainview was the sixth woman finisher overall and scored first in the women’s 30-34 age group. Kim Solomine of Syosset earned the first place award in the women’s 55-59 age group and Pamela Lee of Syosset took first place honors in the women’s 60-64 age group. Another Syosset resident, Connie Sehlmeyer was the third woman to finish in the 65-69 age group. Barry Jerson of Plainview won the second place plaque in the men’s 65-69 age group, plus Howard Kestenbaum and Odd Sangesland, both of Plainview, finished 2-4 in the 80-84 age group. Bert Jablon of Syosset took top honors in the 85-89 age group and Lauren Osei of Jericho earned second place honors in the Athena 140-159 pound Weight Division, while Donna Kleiman of Syosset scored third in the Athena 160 pound plus Weight Division.
Among the younger crew, 13-year-old Jenna Pulis of Massapequa took home the third place plaque among the girls in the 14 and under age group, and brother Jake Pulis earned the 5th place award among the boys in that age group.
The field of 691 finishers was a record turnout, easily eclipsing the previous record of 665 finishers set in 2008.
Special congratulations to Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris Coschignano, who put together a team of family, friends and colleagues who raised about $2,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project by running the race. The councilman himself finished in a creditable 32:20.
Race organizers thanked race sponsors led by the law firm of Sahn, Ward, Coschignano & Baker, Pro Sports of Oyster Bay and Huntington, the Challenge sponsor Runner’s Edge, All Round Foods and its ever generous CEO Glen Wolther, and Allan Sobel and the gang at South Shore Outdoor.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the first time in its history, the Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team was invited to hone its skills at Harvard University’s High School Training Seminar. The seminar offers a range of basic and advanced classes that better position teams to win state and national competitions.
Participants — seniors Rebecca Girardin, Jenna Petrungaro, Christie Flanders, Cameron Wunderlin, Justin Jakubowski and juniors Selin Solen, Jeremy Wiss, Griffin Konen, Emily O’Leary, Nicole Feeley, Nicolle Dananberg, Taylor DelValle, Jillian Prystupa and Katie McMahon — called the experience, “amazing.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.