Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
Local athletes, Ken Colantuoni, Tracy Ruhling and Alan End of Plainview, Doug Berkowitz and John Mulvey of Syosset, Stevie Weinstein of Woodbury and Steve Schloss of Muttontown, each earned an award at the second annual UJA-
Federation of New York Summer’s Not Done AquaRun. The event, which consisted of an 800-Meter Swim, followed by a 3-Mile Run, was held at Tobay Beach in Massapequa on Sept 15.
Ken Colantuoni was the first local finisher, crossing the finish line in eleventh place overall and first in the 40-44 age group, with a combined swim/transition/run time of 37 minutes, 53 seconds. Tracy Ruhling took home the second-place award in the women’s 35-39 age group in 44:22. Stevie Weinstein earned third-place honors in the 60-64 age group with a time of 42:33. Alan End was the second finisher in the 70-74 age group in 1:05:01. John Mulvey brought home the third-place plaque in the 70-74 age group in 1:21:24. Steve Schloss was the top finisher in the 75-79 age group in a time of 56:38.
With the inclusion of a two-person team relay category, even those who were uncomfortable with a swimming competition were able to be part of the event.
The entire net proceeds of the Aqua Run benefit the UJA-Federation of New York, along with its 60,000 contributors and 100 agencies, in its efforts to transform the lives of 4.5 million people in New York, Israel and around the world. The world’s largest community-based philanthropy, UJA-Federation raises funds that sustain the activities of health, human service, educational and community-building agencies, enabling it to help the sick and the hungry, connect children to their Jewish roots and offer humanitarian relief to communities devastated by a crisis.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe was the topic of discussion at the Plainview Old-Bethpage Public Library on Feb. 20.
Members of the audience were given an in-depth look into the life and artwork of O’Keeffe through a self-made and researched lecture and slideshow by art appraiser Louise Cella Caruso.
O’Keeffe lived for 98 years. Within her lifetime, she was granted the Medal of Arts by Ronald Regan, and in 1938, she was selected as one of the 12 most outstanding women of the previous 50 years. When she passed away she was accorded the honor of a first page obituary in the New York Times.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.