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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

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


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