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Annual RunSmart Program Begins January 26

Training Programs Available To Runners

The annual RunSmart training program, designed to help residents prepare for marathon, half-marathon or 10k races, is set to begin on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the first of 14 training sessions for runners of all ability levels. The series will be held one day every weekend through April 27. 

Nassau County is once again teaming up the Greater Long Island Running Club and Jonas Chiropractic to help residents get ready for the 2013 Long Island Marathon, scheduled for May 5.

Each session will be based at a different county park under the direction of Head Coach Debbie Blair of the Greater Long Island Running Club, Bob Cook of The Runner’s Edge and a staff of coaches and trainers. The cost for the entire RunSmart Program is $30. 

“Our partnership with RunSmart provides interested residents with an effective training program for a nominal fee. I encourage anyone, regardless of ability, to take advantage of this opportunity,” said County Executive Edward Mangano. 

In addition, the Jonas Chiropractic RunNassau Series of races leading up to Marathon Weekend will start with a 5k race at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Saturday, Feb. 9. Races will follow on: Sunday, March 10 at Nickerson Beach (4 miles); Saturday, March 23 at Cedar Creek Park (5 miles); and Saturday, April 27 at Eisenhower Park (4 miles). 

The entry fee for the entire four-race series is $60 if participants register before Feb. 1 ($55 if registered for the Long Island Marathon, Half Marathon or 10k), and $65 if participants register after Feb. 1. Runners may enter individual races in the series (on-site day-of-race entry only) for $20 for each of the first three races and $25 for the Race Week Kick-Off Run and Party at Eisenhower Park.

For more information, or for entry forms for either program, contact the Greater Long Island Running Club at (516) 349-7646 or visit and click the “RunSmart Training Program” link.


Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.


YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

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