A total of 1,060 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes navigated the streets of Bethpage on before crossing the finish line at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in the 23rd annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run on Saturday, Dec. 18.
A strong contingent of runners from Farmingdale did exceptionally well in this year’s run. The first Farmingdale finisher to cross the finish line was 27-year-old Franklin Diaz, who scored in 9th place overall and second in the 25-29 age group with a time of 17:58, followed closely by Chris Daily in 13th place overall and first in the 50-54 age group in 18:13.
Other Farmingdale runners winning awards in the Ho Ho Ho Run were Keith Ferrara (2nd 40-44 age group, 20:04), Michael Fernandez (3rd 40-44 age group, 20:23), and Joan Ackerman (2nd woman 70-74 age group, 35:11).
Congratulations and thanks to Ric Diveglio of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) for serving enthusiastically as the race director once again, to the Melville Intellectual Property Law Firm of Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt that was the title sponsor once again, and to Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW for also providing a big financial boost.
Fifty-eight hardy souls braved the Great Holiday Blizzard of 2010, and showed up at the Melville Marriott on Sunday, Dec. 26 to donate “the Gift of Life” at the annual December Athletes for Life Blood Drive.
The general meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) was also its annual “Awards Night.” Several athletes from the local area were among those singled out for awards.
It is has been a very special year for Farmingdale’s Over the Hill Gang Softball League. The League celebrated its 35th anniversary and capped the milestone with its most successful fundraising campaign ever.
Amy Palmeiro-Winters is a runner; she will not stand still for anything. Eagerly making a mark in the sport, it seemed that her running career would be cut short when, at 21, a motorcycle accident claimed half of her left leg.
In spite of expert opinion, she began running again after 27 surgeries over a three-year span. The surgery attempts ended with the decision to amputate from just below the knee. She has since experienced tremendous success. The sheer fact that Palmeiro-Winters kept motivated through so much adversity is something few can do.
On Wednesday, Dec. 1 Matt Long, author and former NYC Firefighter who almost lost his life after being hit by a bus visited Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale. Long spoke about his accident and signed copies of his new book, The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete.
On Friday, Dec. 10, in their first home game of the season, the Dalers’ boys’ basketball team hosted the Plainview JFK Hawks in a non-league matchup. Farmingdale came into the game with a record of 1-1, having beaten Wyandanch and lost to Copiague a week earlier in a tournament in Amityville.
The Daler varsity black roller hockey team, under the direction of head coach Jim Gunn with assistants, Pat McDonald and Gabe Vitale, won their first four games. The Island-wide High School Roller Hockey League standings were just released. For the second year in a row, the Varsity Black Dalers are in the Platinum, Division I.
After knocking off the undefeated, top-seeded Inwood Buccaneers in the semi-finals, Farmingdale’s Senior Hawks faced the defending champion Baldwin Bombers in the Nassau County Youth Football League finals at Mitchell Field on Sunday, Nov. 21.
The 11 and 12-year-olds of Farmingdale’s Howitt Jets, under the Coaching of Wally Seyfert, moved up to the Varsity Division (12-14 year-old division), and finished with a record of 7-4.
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