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, 19 September 2014 00:00
Plainview resident Gail Wurtzel will be leading her team, Memories of Miriam, in the Walk to Defeat ALS at Eisenhower Park later this month.
Wurtzel’s Mother, Miriam Hanania, also a Plainview resident, succumbed to the disease two years ago after a long struggle. The disease forced her to go from an active, vibrant person to being wheelchair-bound and dependent on others for her care.
ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
While everyone is subject to the trials and tribulations that life offers on a day-to-day basis, some people can use just a little bit of extra help. Luckily, there’s help with a proven track record out there for those who need it.
Joe Russo of Old Bethpage heads up the Recovery International meetings held weekly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library. These meetings extol the virtues of the self-help techniques developed by the late Dr. Abraham Low, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry as the University of Illinois Medical School.