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, 25 October 2014 00:00
The Columbus Day Parade played host a to a very special group this year. The Family Residences and Essential Enterprises’ (FREE) Players Drum Corps made history as they became the first special needs drum corps to march in the New York City Columbus Day Parade.
The group marched up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street with a red carpet performance on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
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.