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Plainview Runners Score In Local Jaunt

Local runners had a strong showing at a recent run through the streets of Plainview.

The Greater Long Island Running Club held its 11th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run on Sunday, July 20, with a near-record field of 531 runners and walkers completing the run — only 10 less than the record set last year. The run started on Radcliffe Road in Plainview and finished on the grounds of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School.  

The 5K was preceded by a fun run for the youngsters, with about 40 young runners completing a lap around the Middle School track.

Lots of runners from Plainview-Old Bethpage walked away with awards from their hometown race. Top local finishers were David Drebsky of Plainview, who scored in 19th place overall and third in the 30-34 age group, and Shari Klarfeld of Plainview, who was the third woman finisher and earned first place honors in the women’s 30-34 age group in a race that was staged only a few blocks from her home.

Other local award winners included Claire Ackerman of Plainview, third woman in 12 and under; Jacob Biren of Old Bethpage, third in 12 and under; Christian Schiavone of Plainview, first in the 13-15 age group; Jason Steier of Plainview, second, in the 13-15 age group; Stacianne Lester of Plainview, second woman in the 20-24 age group; Lindsay Klausner of Plainview, third woman in the 30-34 age group; Barbara Moskowitz of Plainview, third woman in the 35-39 age group; Robert Taubenfeld of Plainview, second in the 45-49 age group; Eddie Arbeiter of Plainview, third in the 60-64 age group; Howard Sitomer of Plainview, first in the 75-79 age group; Howard Kestenbaum of Plainview, third in the 80-84 age group; Karen Friedman of Plainview, first in female physicians; and Gary Plotkin of Plainview, second among North Shore-LIJ employees.


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.


4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

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