Autism Speaks annual walk took place on October 6 at Jones Beach with more than 30,000 participants. The heavy drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of all who gathered, according to Legislator Judy Jacobs, grandma of a 5-year-old who has autism.
“Spencer is the light of our lives and he is doing so well,” said Jacobs. “Early intervention is the key and supporting Autism Speaks is the way to give support to the efforts in finding and identifying all the skills out there to help the young people.” Spencer’s mom is Dr. Linda Jacobs of Syosset's Kid Fixers. His dad is Matthew Geller and his big sister is Sydney.
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.
Loyola University Maryland senior cross country runner Kiera Harrison of Syosset broke the 6k program record at the Salty Dog Invitational, hosted by the United States Naval Academy, covering the course in 20:51.75.
Harrison trailed the top-finisher, Annie-Norah Beveridge of Navy, by only five seconds as the winner checked in at 20:46.23.
Harrison’s second place finish tops the previous record by nearly 11 seconds recorded by Andrea Rovegno in 2005. This was the second-consecutive meet Harrison finished first among all other Greyhound participants.
She helped lead the Loyola women to a fifth place finish with 113 points, trailing the host Navy who finished first, University of Maryland in second and UMBC and American in third and fourth, respectively.
The 8-year-old Syosset Braves played their home opener versus the Bellmore Braves last week. This battle of the Braves has been much anticipated as Syosset has been looking to avenge a heartbreaking loss last year.
The home fans would not be disappointed as the Syosset Braves set the tone early. Luca Pipia took Syosset’s opening play 60 yards for the first touchdown of the day. The extra point was added by a pass connection from Braden Sosnik to Alex Siegel.
Not to be outdone, the defense hit the field with Darrin Costa causing a fumble which was recovered by Terrence Johnson III.
The Syosset Braves 9-year-old football team started the season in a 0-2 hole with tough losses to two highly ranked teams. Two weeks ago they went on the road and lost a close one to Seaford by the score of 18-12.
The Braves had the lead in the first half 12-6 with a long pass from quarterback Nicholas Macchia to Luca Cutolo for 60 yards.
Congratulations to locals Doug Berkowitz and John Mulvey of Syosset, Stevie Weinstein of Woodbury and Steve Schloss of Muttontown, each of who earned an award at the 2nd annual UJA-Federation of New York Summer’s Not Done AquaRun. The event, which consisted of an 800-meter swim followed by a 3-mile run, was held at TOBAY Beach in Massapequa on Sunday morning, September 15.
The Syosset Braves 8-year-old football team started their season off last Sunday in high fashion playing a highly touted Farmingdale team. The Braves brought their focus and determination into Farmingdale looking to set a tone for the 2013 season—and that they did.
Braden “Speedy” Sosnik picked up right where he left off last season by taking the opening play 60 yards for the first touchdown of the game. The extra point was added by rookie running back Alex “The Blur” Siegel.
Quarterback Avery Kurtzer would lead the Braves with a balanced attack right back down the field on the Braves second possession. Sosnik would add another touchdown with an extra point added on a reverse end around by Matt Donaldson showing his power and speed to find the endzone.
Congratulations to local athletes Nicholas Chazotte of Jericho and Arthur Koppelman of Syosset, both of whom took home Age Group award plaques from the inaugural Five Mile Run for the Many, a 5 mile running race held on the scenic roads of Halesite and Huntington Bay on Saturday morning, September 7.
Brookville native and Jericho High School alum Sean Tolkin will become the first American to run a marathon at sea to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Tolkin, business development director of cruise agency World Travel Holdings, will run the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway ship track 210 times on October 5, to equal 26.2 miles.
The hills of Oyster Bay are calling you! Runners and walkers from the local area and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to come to Oyster Bay on Saturday, October 19 to kick of Oyster Festival weekend with a race.
Local runners have always been prominent in the Town Supervisor’s Run. In the 2012 edition of the Run, the top local finishers included Nicole Henn of Syosset, who scored with third place honors among the women in the 40-44 age group, Kim Solomine of Syosset, scoring 3rd in the women’s 55-59 age group, Thomas Laine of Syosset, 5th place finisher in the 60-64 age group and 85 year old Bert Jablon of Syosset, who took first place in the 85 and over age group.
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