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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

One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.

Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.

Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.

“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”


Calendar

Sonny And Perley

Saturday, July 26

Women Artists You Should Know

Thursday, July 31

Adult Summer Reading Club

Through Aug. 7



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com