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Plainview Runners Score In Ho Ho Ho Run

A record field of 1,266 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Saturday morning, Dec. 21 at the 26th annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5 Kilometer Run, which started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage.

Mark Valentino of Smithtown and Nick DiBenedetto of Wantagh went stride for stride for the entire race, with Valentino repeating his 2012 win by edging out DiBenedetto at the finish line by less than a second. Katie McGrath of Oakdale had a much easier time of it, winning the women’s division by 42 seconds over Lauren Jasinski of Plainview.

Top local finishers were Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group, and Lauren Jasinski of Plainview, who finished as the second woman overall and first woman in the 35 to 39 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Shari Klarfeld of Plainview (4th woman overall, 1st 30-34 age group), Georgia Belle Cagna of Plainview (2nd woman 10 and under age group), Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman 55-59 age group), Janet Healy of Syosset (1st woman 60-64 age group), Pamela Lee of Syosset (2nd woman 60-64 age group), Constance Sehlmeyer of Syosset (1st woman 65-69 age group), Howard Kestenbaum of Plainview (2nd 80-84 age group), and Bert Jablon of Syosset (1st 85-89 age group).

The charitable beneficiary of the Run was once again The Opening Word, a program run by the Dominican Sisters to teach English and other skills to poor uneducated immigrant women.

The Run was managed by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC’s Ric DiVeglio serving as the Run Director. The key sponsors were the leading Long Island Intellectual Property law firm of Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, and local 338 RWDSU/UFCW.

News

Thousands of Long Islanders streamed into Burn Park in Massapequa recently for the Town of Oyster Bay’s annual Salute to America concert featuring Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pop Orchestra with fireworks by Grucci.

The event paid tribute to veterans, past and present, and honored three deserving honorees: Guillermo Torres, Plainview’s Robert Reahl and Barbara Tortorice.

Torres is the winner of the Town’s Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award. A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Torres was wounded while on maneuvers.

The kids may be grown. The marriage may have not worked out. Perhaps retirement affords more free time than was anticipated.

Enter The Transition Network, an national social group featuring an active chapter on Long Island that meets regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Judy Forman, Plainview resident and program co-chair, noted that The Transition Network is an organization of women ages 50 and over who are ‘transitioning’ into the next phase of their lives — whether it be retirement, divorce, losing a loved one or so on — and helping them to meet new people while expanding their horizons.  


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