Written by Taylor Fleming Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00
Sands Point resident Marvin Rostolder may be known for riding his bike through the streets of Port Washington or even up Beacon Hill multiple times a day, but starting August 15, he is taking his passion to a new extreme and a new coast. On Aug. 14, Rostolder is flying out to Vancouver, Canada and beginning his 1,400-1,500 mile bike ride down the southwest coast of the United States. His ride will conclude approximately 35 days later in San Francisco, California, where he is meeting family to celebrate his success.
However, Rostolder is using the great accomplishment of this bike ride for a purpose outside of himself. He is dedicating the ride to his friend and fellow philantrophist Barbara Goldstein, who passed away in December. Goldstein and Rostolder were longtime family friends but became professionally involved in 2005 when Rostolder began fundraising and advocating for Goldstein’s beloved charity, Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc. Rostolder speaks fondly of both Barbara and her husband Dan Goldstein as “wonderful advocate[s] of child-care.” Because of Barbara’s and his own passion for Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc., Rostolder is also using his ride to raise funds and awareness for this charity.
Yet, he admits that his original plan for the ride was a bit different. A longtime resident of Port Washington, Rostolder raves about the town’s “great community for fitness and health” and “perfect area for outdoor activities.” At first, Rostolder, who is 70 years old, thought this ride would be a continuation of his desire to achieve health. But, after speaking with some members of the council and Dan Goldstein, he decided to tie the ride into both honorable causes.
Rostolder also originally thought his ride would be a different route, one across the United States. After some research in bike tours, however, he decided on a route that is “surrounded by water” for a majority of the ride. “There is nothing nicer to me than the coast,” said the true Port Washington local.
In the meantime, Rostolder is training daily. He does 50-60 mile days on the bike, hill repeats in the Sands Point and Oyster Bay areas and has made the trek out to Montauk three times this summer. To be accustomed to the clothes, water and utilities he will be carrying with him at all times during his trip, Rostolder has been training with ten to fifteen pounds in his saddlebag.
Regarding Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc., Rostolder says he is, “very fortunate to be able to bring attention to this charity.” After having three children of his own, Rostolder knows how important a resource child-care centers can be. And with the current state of the economy, he recognizes that more than one parent is often required to work and the “use of child-care is more prevalent.”
The Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc. assists families by providing Resource and Referral Services which link public and private resources to families who need child-care, offering training for those who work in child care settings, developing and expanding programs, increasing community awareness of child-care needs and available services; consulting with employers regarding child-care options, and advocating with community support to government and the corporate sector to enhance quality care.
And because of Marvin Rostolder’s long-term commitment to the organization, council did not hesitate giving their support of and association with his ride. “Truthfully, once I heard him talk about the trip to my board of directors, I was convinced of three things: he really wants to reach this goal that he has set for himself; he has put the hard work in to be able to accomplish it, and he really feels strongly about helping to raise much needed funds for Child Care Council, “ says Jan Barbieri, executive director of council. Along the way, the charity will be posting updates from him on their website, www.childcarenassau.org.
Additionally, the Port Washington News will be publishing Rostolder’s stories in the paper throughout the next two months. These updates will include photos and commentary from Rostolder, the completed mile count, weather forecasts and his next planned stops en route. Stay tuned to find out more as this Port Washington local brings a taste of his west coast journey to the town he calls, “a wonderful place to live.”