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Main Street Mile Set For Labor Day Weekend

The ninth annual “Main Street Mile” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 31, beginning at 9 a.m. (kid’s fun run at 8:30 a.m.) on Main Street in Farmingdale. The event is held in memory of a long-time fixture at Long Island road races — John McManus. Families and recreational runners are encouraged to join elite participants in the event that will benefit Pat LaFontaine’s Companions in Courage Foundation (www.CiC16.org).

LaFontaine said, “This is a great way for families to kick off the Labor Day weekend. I am looking forward to seeing Long Island come together for such a great cause.” The hockey hall-of-famer’s foundation builds interactive game rooms in children’s hospitals. Their most recent room opened at Cohen Children’s Hospital at North Shore-LIJ in April.

The Main Street Mile offers prizes to the top male and female athletes in various age groups and runners of all abilities are welcomed. The course records are held by Dustin Ermani at 4:10 and by Leonora Petrina at 4:44. Post-race awards and a raffle will be conducted at Croxley Ale House on Main Street in Farmingdale. Frank Brinka from B103 radio will be on hand to interview the winners and the celebrities. A kids’ fun run, a ¼-mile race, will also be held in conjunction with the event.

Registration is $18 per person (online registration closes on Aug. 29 at midnight), and $5 for the kids’ run. Online registrations are being accepted at www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2096056. Day of race registration will also be available on race morning. The fee on race morning for onsite registration is $25.

The event is being presented by The Runner’s Edge, Long Island’s premier running and multi-sport shop, and a Main Street - Farmingdale merchant. Major sponsors for the event include Cisco, Dr. Larry Lembo, The BullDog Law Group, and Carter, DeLuca, Farrell and Schmidt. The race committee includes Bob Cook, Mark Leff, Mindy Davidson, Craig Gluf and Eric Bressler. To donate to the event, visit www.active.com/donate/mainstreetmile2013.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MainStreetMileFarmingdaleCiC.

News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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