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Local Runners Score

2nd Annual Belmont Stakes

Blue Ribbon 5 Kilometer

Runners from the local area earned numerous awards in the Belmont Stakes 5K. Shari  Klarfeld of Plainview was the second woman overall to cross the finish line, scoring in 19 minutes, 55 seconds. Steven Weiss of Plainview (20:55) took home the second place plaque in the 35-39 age group. Pamela Lee of Syosset (26:37) scored first among the women in the 60-64 age group. Mark Rosenberg of Syosset (33:55) earned second place honors in the 70-74 age group. Bert Jablon of Syosset (35:00) was the first place finisher in the 85- 89 age group.

The Run was held at Belmont Park as the kickoff event for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes on June 8th, with the last 400 meters of the race being on the track, and the finish of the race being at the finish line where the Belmont Stakes was held six days later. The post-race festivities in the Grandstand of  Belmont Park made it a perfect experience for one and all. A total of 475 runners and walkers finished this second annual event.

Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF) and its Executive Director Woodbury resident Rhonda Samuel, with the cooperation of the New York Racing Association and the Elmont Chamber of Commerce, hosted the Run. Key business sponsors were abbvie, Advanced Radiation Centers of New York, and Advanced Urology Centers of New York. All Round Foods joined with Panera’s and Applebees and the Elmont Chamber of Commerce to make the post-race repast something very special indeed. Race management was handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club.

“It was our pleasure to work with Rhonda Samuel and her very able associate Sasha Abraham once again to stage a quality event that enabled IMF to focus on the importance of early detection of prostate cancer,” observed the Running Club’s Senior Administrator Linda Ottaviano. “The lead local sponsors, Advanced Urology Centers of New York and Advanced Radiation Centers of New York were on hand to remind us about how simple early detection is.”

News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



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