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Plainview Runner Leads The Pack Once Again

A superstar pavement pounder from Plainview once again topped her competitors in a recent run.

Shari Klarfield, 33, scored another convincing win in the women’s division, this time in the inaugural James F. Rice Memorial 5K Run through the streets of Levittown on June 14.

Klarfield crossed the finish line on the track at MacArthur High School in 19 minutes, 30 seconds — a 6:16 minute per mile pace that gave her a 1:42 margin over runner-up Kathy Dormer of Williston Park.

Other Plainview athletes winning awards in the James F. Rice Memorial 5K Run were Barry Molof, who scored 2nd in the 30-34 age group with a time of 24:26; Phil Roth, who earned the third place award in the 65-69 age group with a time of 25:56; and Howard Kestenbaum, who scored second in the 80-84 age group with a 43:49 finish.

The run was conducted to honor the memory of James F. Rice, a longtime resident of Levittown who was well known to the community as a beloved history teacher for more than 40 years at the Levittown middle schools, and as an inspiring swimming coach at The Acorn Lane Pool. He also coached the MacArthur High School baseball teams, including their years as Nassau County Champions in 1981 and 1988.

All of the proceeds from the run will benefit metastatic breast cancer and polycystic kidney disease research via the C.J. Rice Family Foundation Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit corporation.

News

The Columbus Day Parade played host a to a very special group this year. The Family Residences and Essential Enterprises’ (FREE) Players Drum Corps made history as they became the first special needs drum corps to march in the New York City Columbus Day Parade.

The group marched up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street with a red carpet performance on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.

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.


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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