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Local Runners Take To The Track

A pair of Plainview-Old Bethpage residents hit their stride at a Long Island run recently.

David Drebsky of Plainview and Lorie Sheinwald of Old Bethpage both successfully completed the USA Track & Field National 50 Kilometer Road Championship at Long Island’s Caumsett State Historic Park in Lloyd Neck on March 2.

Sheinwald  finished in 5 hours, 59 seconds, earning he second place award among the women in the 45-49 age group. Drebsky completed the 50 Kilometers in 4 hours, 43 minutes, 47 seconds.

The runners traveled 10 times over a 5-kilometer course through the wooded pathways of scenic Caumsett State Historic Park. The course runs very fast, most of it relatively flat, with a few rolling hills. There is one big loop heading north from the start/finish, followed by a short out and back to the south to make up the remainder of the 5-kilometer course.

Race director Carl Grossbard, who is the vice president of the host Greater Long Island Running Club, coordinator of volunteers Sue Fitzpatrick and all the other amazing staff members and volunteers were also clearly winners. The logistics crew was another winner, as Fred von der Heydt, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Nick Palazzo, with major help from Nick Harding, cleared piles of snow and otherwise got the course ready after a very difficult winter.

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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.

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



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