Runners, Diocese & Suffolk County Ready For Inaugural Marathon

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Despite a small snag at its starting line, the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon will be off and running without a hitch this Sunday.The 26.2 mile-long race, which also includes a half marathon, was first announced last October and preparations for the event, including security measures and road closures, have been ongoing ever since. Among the issues that had arisen recently were how road closures would impact parishioners attempting to attend Sunday mass at various churches along Suffolk’s South Shore. Anticipating that road closures and parking rules would affect parishioners’ ability to attend Sunday mass, Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Center reached out to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s office this summer expressing his concerns. On Tuesday, the Diocese released a public statement stating that the road closures would infringe on churchgoers’ rights by preventing hundreds from reaching several Catholic churches: the Church of St. Lawrence the Martyr in Sayville, the Parish of Our Lady of the Snow in Blue Point, and the Parish of St. Francis de Sales in Patchogue. Read “Long Island Marathon: A Headache for Local Residents” Bellone responded to Murphy in a letter on Aug. 27, but Murphy never received it, a county spokeswoman said. The county leader and Long Island’s chief Catholic Bishop spoke over the phone Wednesday to clear up any remaining issues, officials said. Afterward, the pair released a joint statement noting that the Diocese would join Suffolk’s after-action review of the marathon “to make sure that any issues that may arise on race day are addressed for future events.” “Bishop Murphy did not receive Mr. Bellone’s Aug. 27 letter addressing his concerns–that’s why it was so important that they spoke two days ago,” Vanessa Baird-Streeter, Bellone’s spokeswoman, told the Press. However, St. Lawrence had already revisited its entire weekend mass schedule so parishioners could avoid traffic delays. A Diocese spokesman did not return a call for comment. Both the marathon and half-marathon will kick off at 8 a.m. in Heckscher State Park and will take the 3,200 expected runners along Montauk Highway through the scenic towns and beautiful waterfronts of Oakdale, Sayville, Bayport, Blue Point and Patchogue before ending at Heckscher. Festivities will include a Taste of Long Island Festival featuring local food, wine and music, beginning at 9 a.m. in the park.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a marathon participant, said net proceeds will be used to enhance veterans’ services within the county. The marathon’s website declares that Suffolk has the highest population of veterans in the state. Several prominent local businesses have signed on as sponsors for the cause, including WBAB 102.3, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, and Blue Point Brewing Company. North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems is sponsoring the event. Despite the expected road closures, local businesses have also thrown their support behind the first-ever Suffolk County Marathon. “Overall, the community response has been very positive, and everyone has been very patient” while the logistics of hosting a marathon are worked out, said David Kennedy, executive director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce. Because most businesses are closed on Sundays, the chamber has not had any complaints about parking regulations or road closures, Kennedy said. Additionally, local businesses will get a lot of exposure through the Taste of Long Island Festival as well as the booths set up along the routes, Kennedy noted. Long Islanders registered for the races are also looking forward to the inaugural event. Veteran marathoner, Heather Ackerly of Selden, will turn 39 Sunday. She has already dubbed Sunday’s race her “Birthday Half Marathon.” Ackerly said she hopes to beat her personal record of 1:49 in the half. “It depends on the weather,” she told the Press. “If it’s a million degrees, there’s no way!” With 11 half marathons and six full marathons under her belt, Sunday’s race is her training for the Philadelphia Marathon in November. Still, the Suffolk race is special to Ackerly. “All my friends are running on Sunday too, and we are all thrilled that the proceeds will benefit our veterans,” she explained.As with any marathon event, road closures are necessary. The county executive’s office has prepared a list of 10 intersections that will allow the public to cross Montauk Highway, in effect from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Suffolk County Police Department advised the public to use common sense on race day. The department, which has been working on security for the event since it was conceived, said all possessions are subject to inspection.ROAD CLOSURESlast_img read more

‘We’re running against a billionaire’ – Democrats attack Bloomberg in presidential debate

first_img“We’re running against a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-face lesbians. And no I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg. Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women and of supporting racist policies like redlining and stop-and-frisk.”PETE BUTTIGIEGThe former South Bend, Indiana, mayor went after both Bloomberg and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.”Most Americans don’t see where they fit if they have to choose between a socialist who thinks money is the root of all evil and a billionaire who thinks that money ought to be the root of all power. Let’s put forward somebody who actually lives and works in the middle class neighborhood in an industrial Midwestern city. Let’s put forward somebody who’s actually a Democrat.” The top six candidates competing for the Democratic nomination to take on President Donald Trump in November participated in the ninth presidential debate on Wednesday, with one quickly becoming the focus: Michael Bloomberg.Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor making his first debate appearance in the race, faced criticism from all his rivals on the stage in Las Vegas:ELIZABETH WARREN “We shouldn’t have to choose between one candidate who wants to burn this party down and another candidate who wants to buy this party out. We can do better.”JOE BIDEN”The fact of the matter is has not managed his city very well when he was there. He didn’t get a whole lot done. He had stop-and-frisk – throwing close to 5 million young black men up against the wall – and when we came along in our administration, President Obama and I said we’re going to send a mediator to stop it. said that’s unnecessary.”AMY KLOBUCHARThe Minnesota senator responded to reports of the Bloomberg campaign saying the other moderates should drop out to let him fight Sanders.”I have been told as a woman, as someone that maybe no one thought was still going to be standing up on this stage, but I am because of pure grit … I’ve been told many times to wait my turn and to step aside, and I’m not going to do that now … I think we need something different than Donald Trump. I think don’t you look at Donald Trump and say, ‘We need someone richer in the White House’.”MICHAEL BLOOMBERG”I’m a philanthropist who didn’t inherit his money, but made his money. I’m spending that money to get rid of Donald Trump – the worst president we’ve ever had. And if I can get that done, it will be a great contribution to America and to my kids.”Topics :last_img read more