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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.

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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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