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Plainview Performs In Run For Prostate Cancer

Plainview runners motored through Syosset-Woodbury Community Park in the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race on Sunday, Nov. 17

Among the Plainview participants winning awards were top Clydesdale Weight Division finishers Ken Colantuoni; David Drebsky, second in the 30-34 age group; Steven Weiss and Matthew Gregory, who were first and third respectively in the 35-39 age group; Barry Jerson, first in the 65-69 age group; and Howard Kestenbaum, second in the 80-84 age group.

But perhaps the biggest feat of the event crossed the finish line with 13-year-old Celeste Taub. The Jericho resident showed that she could run with the big girls — and boys — scoring a decisive victory in the women’s division. Taub finished the run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds — 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.

A record-breaking total of 414 runners and walkers crossed the finish line, including local runners Jeffrey Weiss and Susan Anderson of Syosset, who earned second place honors among the women in the 25-29 age group; Lauren Osei of Jericho, third place woman in the 35-39 age group; Patty Santella of Syosset, first among the women in the 45-49 age group; Kim Solomine of Syosset, second woman in the 55-59 age group; Pamela Lee of Syosset, first in the women’s 60-64 age group; Connie Sehlmeyer of Syosset, second woman in the 65-69 age group; and Bert Jablon of Syosset, who earned top honors in the 85 plus age group.

Mike Polanksy of the Greater Long Island Running Club and Rhonda Samuel of Integrated Medical Foundation co-hosted the event. Aside from worrying about all aspects of the race, Samuel, Westbury resident, took to the track and turned in a personal best time of 30:52 — 21 seconds faster than her 2012 finish.

Curtis Sliwa of the Guardian Angels, himself a prostate cancer survivor, served as Grand Marshall and many elected officials showed up to support the cause, including Supervisor John Venditto, Assemblyman Mike Montesano, Legislators Judy Jacobs and Rose Marie Walker, Councilmen Tony Macagnone and Joe Pinto and Oyster Bay Town Clerk Jim Altadonna.

News

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, military veterans and Gold Star families will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Plainview is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending an exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Last month, despite concerns about lack of confidence in the validity of eligibility information provided by the county assessor’s office, the Plainview trustees voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

The Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School business teams placed second and third in the Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge. They competed against two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County for scholarships and cash awards from various sponsors.  

On April 9, at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, student teams had 10 minutes to convince a panel of expert judges that their plan for a business in the Plaza of the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is feasible and would be successful.


Calendar

Matzah Balls

Thursday, April 17

Craft Fair

Saturday, April 19

Rainbows

Friday, April 18



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