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.
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
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.”