Friday, 12 October 2012 08:17
There was definitely something new under the sun on Sept. 16, as several hundred swimmers/runners gathered at TOBAY Beach for an 800-meter swim in South Oyster Bay, followed by an eclectic three-mile run to and through the TOBAY Beach Bird and Game Preserve: the Summer’s Not Done AquaRun.
Dominican speedster Yean Jiminez of the Bronx, who led the field in the swim, held off a strong challenge by Sam Fox of Merrick on the run and scored a three-second victory over Fox. Magdalena Mango of New York City turned in a great performance to win the women’s division, with veteran Mineola triathlete Barbara Cronin Stagnari second.
Local athletes won their fair share of awards, led by Ken Colantuoni of Syosset, who scored in 20th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group, and Jamie Fishlow of Old Bethpage, who was 24th overall and earned the second-place plaque in the 50-54 age group.
Also scoring with awards were Steve Weinstein of Woodbury (third, 60-64 age group), Alan End of Plainview (third, 65-69 age group), John Mulvey of Syosset (second, 70-74 age group), and 75-year-old Steve Schloss of Muttontown, who was the oldest finisher and took home the first-place award in the 75-and-over age group.
UJA-Federation of New York worked with the Greater Long Island Running Club and the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store to stage the AquaRun, Race administration was handled by the club, with Steve and Holly Jonas serving as the co-race directors and club vice president Mindy Davidson serving as the event coordinator.
Key financial support was provided by the Mandelbaum Property Tax Reduction Group and the related law firm of Maidenbaum & Sternberg LLP. As always, Glen Wolther of All Round Foods donated an appetizing array of baked goods. The black and white cookies in particular proved a popular post-race treat.
The entire net proceeds of the AquaRun go to benefit UJA-Federation of New York, together with its 60,000 contributors and 100 agencies, and its efforts to transform the lives of 4.5 million people in New York, in Israel, and around the world. The world’s largest community-based philanthropy, UJA-Federation raises funds that sustain the activities of health, human service, educational and community-building agencies, enabling it to help the sick and the hungry, connect children to their Jewish roots, and offer humanitarian relief to communities devastated by a crisis.
TOBAY Beach is one of the premier recreational venues on Long Island, and members of the running club were pleased that the Town of Oyster Bay allowed them to utilize TOBAY for what was an outstanding morning of family fun and competition. With the inclusion of a two-person team relay category, even those who were uncomfortable with a swimming competition were able to be part of the event.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
During its April and May meetings, the Birchwood Civic Association welcomed Board of Education members and candidates from the Syosset School District, as well as Board of Education members and administrators from the Jericho School District to discuss budget proposals and issues facing the districts. The BCA voted to endorse both the Syosset and Jericho budgets, as well as the Jericho Library budget, acknowledging that all made a strong effort to retain programs while staying below the state tax levy cap. In addition, the BCA voted in support of Jericho's Proposition 2 regarding the establishment of a capital reserve fund. The Syosset Library budget was not reviewed.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Susan Parker, a resident of Syosset for 24 years, is running for a trustee seat on the Syosset Board of Education.
A mother of three and employee of the Syosset Fire District for the past seven years, Parker has been an active PTA member for the past 21 years on a local and county level. Parker received her BS from SUNY Binghampton and her MBA from Boston University. Parker says she has two “gainfully employed” graduates of the school district, and a son currently attending Syosset High School.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The Syosset Braves varsity boys lacrosse team (7-1) were victorious over the Plainview JFK Hawks (5-3) last Friday afternoon, 12-5 in Conference I play. The Braves are the number two seed going into the playoffs, and the Hawks are the number six seed.
Ending the first two periods with a 6-2 lead, the Braves’ defense reduced Plainview’s potential comeback to only one goal, while Syosset scored four.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Monmouth University sophomore Ashley Sandler of Jericho was named Northeast Conference tennis co-player of the week in April. The Syosset High School grad earned her second career league honor after posting a 4-0 record, including a 3-0 NEC mark, in a week that saw the Blue and White go 3-1.
Sandler did not drop a game in rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 win over La Salle’s Allison Amrein then stopped Wagner’s Rachel Jurgielewicz, 6-0, 6-4. Sandler edged the Mount’s Renee Deane in a marathon three-set affair, winning 6-2, 3-6, 13-11 and ended her week with another 6-0, 6-0 victory, this time over St. Francis’(Brooklyn) Akuila Edwards.