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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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One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.

Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.

Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.

“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”


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