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Runners Go ‘Green’ In Plainview Trek

When the glaciers stopped advancing about 18,000 years ago, they halted smack in the middle of Long Island. The result is that the southern half of Long Island is relatively flat, but things get increasingly hillier the further north of Jericho Turnpike you travel.

This Long Island geological fact has important implications for the participants in the annual Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50 Kilometer and 25 Kilometer Runs, hosted once again on May 10 by the Greater Long Island Running Club. The course starts at the GLIRC Clubhouse on Dupont Street in Plainview, enters the Greenbelt Trail at the Sunnyside Boulevard trailhead and proceeds due north up the trail to its Cold Spring Harbor terminus by Long Island Sound. The runners then turn around, head south on the Trail back to Sunnyside Boulevard, at which point the 25 Kilometer runners head back to the finish line at the GLIRC Clubhouse. The 50 Kilometer runners turn back onto the trail and do the whole thing again before returning to the finish.

The course starts out deceptively easy in Plainview, with the first few miles being relatively flat. After that things gradually get much hillier and much tougher to navigate, and the final stretch up to Cold Spring Harbor is as tough as anything on an East Coast trail.

Lots of local runners boasted the physical and mental toughness to finish the race. In the 50 Kilometer Run, Lorie Sheinwald of Old Bethpage was the fourth female finisher overall, scoring in six hours, 17 minutes and 37 seconds. In the 25 Kilometer Run, finishers included Michael Kazin of Plainview, whose finishing time was three hours, 16 minutes and 29 seconds and Helene Michael of Plainview, whose finsihing time was four hours, nine minutes and 29 seconds.

The event was made possible by a cadre of senior staff, led by race director Nick Palazzo, coordinator of volunteers Lou LaFleur, Bob Sherman, Fred von der Heydt, Linda Ottaviano, Rich Innamorato and Curt and Irene Robinson.

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The kids may be grown. The marriage may have not worked out. Perhaps retirement affords more free time than was anticipated.

Enter The Transition Network, an national social group featuring an active chapter on Long Island that meets regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Judy Forman, Plainview resident and program co-chair, noted that The Transition Network is an organization of women ages 50 and over who are ‘transitioning’ into the next phase of their lives — whether it be retirement, divorce, losing a loved one or so on — and helping them to meet new people while expanding their horizons.  

Plainview resident Cila Schlanger was eager to attend a two-hour property tax workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library last week — the problem is, so were many other people.

“I was taken aback once I came here because there was such a line,” she said. “I thought it would be a two-hour workshop, but individuals had to wait to be helped on a first come, first serve basis.”

Residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, elected officials recently hosted a property tax exemption workshop at the library, drawing residents from across Nassau County.


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