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Buddy Walk Raises Thousands

Jericho-based Alexander’s Angels kicked off Down Syndrome Awareness Month with more than 2,000 people at scenic Tanner Park in Copiague on October 5 for the organization’s annual Buddy Walk.   

At noon, wearing what seemed like a rainbow of t-shirts and carrying banners and posters to identify their teams, a crowd of eager “buddywalkers” followed the Civil Air Patrol NY 288 Cadet Squadron Color Guard on the traditional one-mile walk around the park and through the boardwalk. Approximately 80 teams raised more than $80,000 for Alexander’s Angels 7th L.I. Buddy Walk with donations still arriving online and by mail.

As with every large family, the event included acknowledgement of sad and happy occasions. It paused twice, once to share condolences with David “D. J.” Hopkins’ family for his untimely passing. The second, to sing Happy Birthday to Freddy Zureick who just turned 4.

To fulfill its mission to highlight abilities of individuals with Down syndrome, Alexander’s Angels invited 14-year-old Mary Elizabeth Setti and self-advocate Kyle Erickson to sing the Star Spangled Banner. A Citation by Nassau County Edward Mangano was presented to Alexander’s Angels by Dr. James Dolan.

 —Tribune Staff



Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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