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Plainview Resident Wins Marcum Workplace Challenge

Chuck Merritt of Plainview, competing under the colors of Merritt Environmental Consulting Corporation, of which he is the CEO, was the winner of the “Top Dog” Division of the 8th annual Marcum Workplace Challenge, held at Jones Beach State Park last month. Merritt crossed the finish line of this 3.5 mile race in 24 minutes, 42 seconds.

To be eligible to score in the Challenge competition as a “Top Dog,” you must be the most senior executive of your company.

A major turnout record was set that evening, as a record field of 8,401 athletes from 211 companies participated in this year’s Challenge; nearly 1000 more athletes than in 2012.

The Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC Vice President Mindy Davidson serving as the Event Director, once again managed the Run. Charitable beneficiaries were Long Island Children’s Museum, the Long Island Children’s Medical Fund of New York, and Long Island Cares (the Harry Chapin Food Bank).

“Our congratulations to Chuck for his winning performance again this year,” stated Davidson. “He is an outstanding athlete as well as the head of an important business firm. Congratulations and thanks as well to that great corporate citizen Marcum LLP, for making this important event a reality once again in 2013.”

Merritt Environmental Consulting Corporation provides comprehensive environmental consulting services to lending institutions, landlords and attorneys.

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One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.

Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.

Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.

“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”


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