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Running For Nicholas

Nicholas Pedone 5K raises nearly $24,000

In an effort to raise money and awareness for 7-year-old Nicholas Pedone, who is battling a rare form of cancer, nearly 1,000 community members participated in a 5K Run/Walk on April 7, raising almost $24,000. The fundraiser was organized by Pedone’s cousin, Anthony Famiglietti, a 17-year-old senior at Glen Cove High School.

 

The race began and ended at Glen Cove High School, on a windy, brisk Sunday morning. Participants were in good spirits as they crossed the finish line, and the runners included students as well as local figures such as Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Councilman Tony Gallo, and Judge Richard J. McCord. Nicholas covered the course in a golf cart, then ran the last 100 feet to cross the finish line.

Last fall, Nicholas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, and the community has been coming together in a myriad of ways to show their love and support. Nicholas lives in Glen Cove and goes to Glen Head Elementary.

 

Famiglietti first mentioned the idea in a class he was taking called Community Action Using Student Empowerment (C.A.U.S.E) in the first semester of the school year.  The purpose of the club is to raise money for a specific person or organization in need and donate proceeds to them.  This event was originally scheduled for January but due to weather it was postponed.

Since the class was only one semester and ended in January, Famiglietti, determined to raise awareness for his cousin, continued to organize the event, with the permission of his teacher and school, along with Paulo Coelho, another member of the C.A.U.S.E class.  

 

With Famiglietti’s hard work, he was able to get more than 500 participants pre-registered and more than 50 volunteers to help run the event.  He also reached out to businesses and obtained Glen Cove Land Rover as the sponsor for this event. Additionally, he brought in a professional company to time the walk/run, allowing all the times to be posted by age group shortly after finishing. 

Nicholas was diagnosed on November 2, 2012, and immediately underwent surgery to remove the mass found on his adrenal glands. Unfortunately, it could not be fully removed. His treatments are very aggressive and planned to last at least 1-1.5 years. He has had five chemotherapy treatments and has already lost all of his hair. Soon, he will go to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a stem cell transplant, and will be there for approximately for month.

For info on his journey, the disease or to donate, visit www.nicholaspedone.com

News

City Stadium in Glen Cove was a mob scene of tiny egg hunters on Thursday, April 17, as at least 100 kids scoured the fields and claimed more than 8,000 eggs in less than three minutes. The annual egg hunt attracted kids from ages 3 to 10, most of whom were prepared with baskets, bags and buckets for storing the candy-filled plastic eggs. 

Zachary Gotterbarn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72, is an extraordinary 9-year-old who recently exhibited maturity and courage beyond his years. While riding in a car with his mom, Zachary sprang into action to help his young cousin who was choking on a cookie. Without hesitation, Zachary quickly used the “finger sweep,” a technique he learned in Scouting, and dislodged the cookie blocking his cousin’s airway. Zachary saved his cousin’s life. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council commended Zachary for his heroic act. Glen Cove Volunteer EMS Chief Tom Kenary presented Zachary with an honorary EMS member pin and tee-shirt. Zachary is pictured with Mayor Spinello, the City Council, and his family. 



Sports

 It finally felt like lacrosse weather last Sunday for North Shore’s  PAL lacrosse teams.  Mike Gilliam’s fourth-grade Lady Vikings traveled to Manhasset.  Playing a strong lacrosse community like Manhasset is always a daunting task, but one which the Lady Vikings were clearly ready for.  North Shore won the game 6-2 with goals coming from 5 different players: Kate Gilliam (2), Ava Vaccaro, Christina Dade, Evelyn McCreery, and Nora Schatz.  

The Glen Cove “Two Knights” began their season last Sunday by traveling down to Wantagh for a tough test to start the season. After spending the winter indoors and the last several weeks outside practicing, the Knights were hungry for real-game action. This

Knights’ team has a great mix of experience and new talent that is sure to lead to continued excitement throughout the year. Starting the game in goal, first-year man Pandelis Tursi made several sparkling saves behind a tough defense led by Colby Burns. With the

Knights down 2-0 in the first, Jack Spoto, another first-year player, provided the offensive spark by tallying the Knights’ first goal of the year. Spoto was also among the team leaders in ground balls and provided hustle that kept the Knights competitive in this game.

Tursi continued to keep his team in the game in the second half while Travis Shea and Matteo Cameron contributed defensively in front of the goal. Rocco Rainone was the offensive leader and kept the Knights close throughout by recording five goals. In the end, it wasn’t enough and the Knights’ endured a tough loss, 9-6. Congratulations to Tursi, Spoto, Burns, Dylan Jenkins, Charlie Muth, Page Bennett, Daniel Salerno, Grayson Kopetic and Vincent Pascucci for great play in the first game of their careers. 


Calendar

 E-Waste Recycing - April 26

YMCA Healthy Kids - April 26

Glen Cove Library Luncheon - April 27


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