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Plainview Resident to Train With Phelps

A West Hills Day camper, 9-year-old Lauren Brandenstein, was selected by the camp’s senior leadership to attend a swim clinic featuring instruction by Michael Phelps, the winner of a record-setting eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Mr. Phelps has accumulated a total of 14 Olympic gold medals in his career.

The swim clinic will take place on Oct. 18, 2009, at the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation & Museums, Nassau County Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park.

“Lauren was selected based on her swimming accomplishments and overall exceptional team spirit,” said Eileen Globus, pool director. Lauren swam successfully during the 2008-2009 school year and was coached by Jeryl Israel, a veteran swim coach in the Plainview Old-Bethpage School District.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for Lauren to bring her talent to the next level,” said Kevin Gersh. “We motivate our campers each and every day and that is the spirit of West Hills,” said Michael Moore.

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Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



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