Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00
The 5th Annual Grillo & Associates Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run was almost a brand new race: it was a new community (North Bellmore/North Merrick) with a new school, the Nassau BOCES Children’s Readiness Center, and a new flat course through some very nice local streets.
What didn’t change were the high quality hoodies given out for every entrant and volunteer, an array of past-race refreshments, quick and accurate results courtesy of JMS Racing Services, and a generous raffle highlighted by a Beach Bike courtesy of South Shore Bicycle and Fitness.
Six hundred ninety-five finishers were led to the finish line by a couple of folks who are no strangers to overall wins: Franklin Diaz and Heather Williams. Diaz was 28 seconds in front of runner-up Travis Wooten, and Williams was over a minute in front of runner-up Karen Pompay, who earned top honors among the women’s Masters. Wil Widman Jr. won the top Masters award with a PR of 22:22 and a third-place overall finish.
Local runners won more than their fair share of awards at Blazing Trails. The big local contingent was led by Steve Weiss of Plainview, who earned the second-place award in the men’s 35-39 age group with a time of 27:12, and Shari Klarfeld of Plainview, who led the women in the 30-34 age group with a time of 27:16. Klarfeld, currently in her seventh month of pregnancy, is still running under-7-minute miles.
Other local runners coming home from the Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run were Colleen Carroll of Plainview (second Athena 160-pound-plus weight division), Kimberly Ridini of Syosset (first woman, 20-24 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (first woman, 55-59 age group), Barry Jerson of Plainview (first man, 60-64 age group), and 85-year-old Bert Jablon (first, 85-and-over age group).
The entire net proceeds of the run were once again dedicated to the Eden II and Genesis Foundation, which supports children and adults with autism through specialized programs designed to help them achieve the highest possible quality of living throughout their lives. Joanne D’Esposito of Eden II Genesis served as the new run chairperson, and race management was provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Race organizers were thrilled to welcome the Richard Grillo Agency of Nationwide Insurance back again as the title sponsor of the event once again, and to welcome such other major sponsors as South Shore Bicycle & Fitness, Petro, Anton Media Group, Panera Bread, Tekniverse, Different Roads to Learning, Pamela’s Products, Forest Laboratories, All Round Foods, Waldbaum’s, New York Community Bank Foundation, Ridgewood Bank, Whole Foods, and Knockout Pest Control.
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.