Written by Herald Staff, email@example.com Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
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.
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.