Swimming for the benefit of children, 150 participants in Winthrop-University Hospital’s 12th Annual Swim-A-Thon helped raise more than $45,000 for the Hospital’s Child Life Program was recently held at Hofstra University’s Swim Center.
Participants enjoyed swim coaching by Joe Petrush from Total Immersion Swimming, music, raffles, crafts, massages, yoga and more. Proceeds from the event support Winthrop’s Child Life Program through which certified child life specialists utilize supervised play and education to improve patients’ understanding of medical procedures, teach relaxation techniques to help young patients cope with illness or surgery, and provide emotional support for the entire family.
“Every year, the enthusiasm for the Swim-A-Thon builds. We are grateful for the community’s support in making this event such a success; every lap goes a long way in supporting the unique services that Winthrop provides to thousands of sick children every year,” said Ron Marino, DO, MPH, Associate Chairman and Director of General Pediatrics at Winthrop, and organizer of the annual fundraiser.
Team Storm, sponsored by 1-800-flowers.com, beat the Bee’s in the Oyster Bay Baseball AAA Division championship game winning 1-0. The AAA division is made up of third- and fourth-grade players from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area with players from all the local schools.
Matthew Yerkes started for the Storm and struck out all nine batters he faced. Sean Lane pitched the second half of the game for the Storm striking out seven of the nine batters he faced and gave up only one hit in the game.
The game opened up in the third inning with Kyle McGee, Sean Lane and Yianni Leandrou getting walked and a single by Preston Rosh allowing Yianni Leandrou to cross the plate with the only run of the game.
Since 1985 Nassau County’s Mitchel Field in Uniondale has hosted the Empire State games for the Physically Challenged. The games have provided Olympic style competition for thousands of athletes from all over New York State. In December of 2010 the games were cancelled due to budget constraints facing the county.
“We were devastated at the time because these games are so important to so many people,” said Program Director of Victory Challenge and the Empire State Games, Susan Miller. “We went to work to try and bring the games back and this year; thanks to help from County Executive Ed Mangano, we celebrated our third year of the games taking place.”
Highlights of the June 17 game between the Oyster Bay Rays and the Blue Jays include: first Inning- Blue Jays Billy Veter gets on base by walk, steals two bases. Kevin Grassik grounds out to drive in Billy Veter and gives Blue Jays 1-0 lead. Second Inning- Oyster Bay Rays Marc Iacono hits line drive to opposite field for triple. Marc steals home on wild pitch to score and ties the game 1-1 third Inning - Oyster Bay Rays Christopher Tabako, Matthew Dicarali, Edward Kemp get on base via three consecutive walks.
John Iemmiti hits into Fielder’s Choice to score Christopher Tabako to take the lead 2-0. Eddie Kemp forced out at 2nd base.
The Saint Dominic C.Y.O. launched its inaugural track program this spring with 32 student athletes participating in first- through eighth-grade. The team had a fantastic first season, exceeding all expectations with incredible performances on the track.
The team competed in meets at St. Aidan and Our Lady of Lourdes. The team also competed in the regional meet at Mitchel Field, where 18 St. Dominic athletes qualified for the finals, the C.Y.O. Track Championship for Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
On Saturday, June 15, Sagamore Yacht Club, partnering with Oakcliff Sailing, hosted its 1st Annual Alzheimer’s Regatta and Awards Dinner in beautiful Oyster Bay. Proceeds raised from the event will support programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. and a percentage of the proceeds will also be used to fund local Alzheimer’s research.
The Regatta raised more $26,000, which surpassed the goal of $25,000. The top three fundraising teams in the sailing category were: Valhalla raising $5,715; Comanche Racing, which raised $2,430; and Team Serendipity raising $1,566. Step In Liquid Stand Up Paddle was the first place fundraiser in the paddleboard category, raising $1,600 and Team Ken, raising $660, took first place in the kayaking category.
On June 8, nine vessels from Sagamore Yacht Club set off on the first cruise of the summer season.
The vessels Comanche, Momentum, Vertigo, Santosha, and Red Rock departed on their own schedule. The vessels Swept Away, Concerto In Sea (newly acquired by the Schaubs), Sea Fever and Sing to Me, left in unison, with the hope of crossing the sound in a flotilla.
The dying breeze doused our sails and our hopes as the flotilla slowly dispersed, with each skipper clinging to their individual timeline of when to start the iron genny.
At 57 years of age, Eddie Reagan of Levittown is having the kind of year that lots of 25-year-old superstuds would envy, and he continued his impressive string of performances at the June 3 Bayville 5K, scoring first overall in 18:55 over a fast, flat course that was more than a bit longer than advertised. Shari Klarfeld of Plainview notched still another win in the women’s division in 19:49.
The top local finishers were 19-year-old Mark Mavros of Oyster Bay (second overall, 19:44), 14-year-old Patrick Halpin of Bayville (fourth overall 20:04), and 15-year-old Maggie Reid of Locust Valley (fourth woman overall, 22:57).
Congratulations to Maggie Reid and Jeri Cavagnaro, both residents of Locust Valley, who came home with awards from the 22nd annual edition of the David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation 5 Kilometer Run, which was held in Eisenhower Park on the evening of June 6.
Fifteen-year-old Maggie Reid took first place honors in the Women’s 15-19 age group with a time of 21 minutes, 27 seconds, edging out Chelsea Hroch of North Massapequa by one second. Jeri Cavagnaro, 66, earned the third place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 34:46.
Hooray! One of the best signs the school year is coming to a close is Field Day, and last week the fields at Friends Academy were swarming with Red, White and Blue as the Middle Schoolers romped through some friendly intramural competition.
Red won the day, but that didn’t dampen the fun for White or Blue. “This is way more fun than sitting inside,” said sixth-grader Nico Santiago. “I’m so pumped. No homework for three months!”
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