10/20/12 12:29pm
10/20/2012 12:29 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Tara Farrell of East Quogue was the top female finisher Saturday.

Tara Farrell is no stranger to the Long Island Aquarium.

The mother of two young sons ages 2 and 3, the East Quogue resident goes to see the sharks, seals, dolphins and sea turtles quite often.

So it held a more special place in her heart to finish top among female runners in the Riverhead Foundation’s 15th annual Run for the Ridley 5k than it might for some of the other races she’s run.

“We’re big supporters of the aquarium,” Ms. Farrell, 33, said. “We were here yesterday.”

The race benefits the Riverhead Foundation’s sea turtle rescue and research program, based at the aquarium.

Ms. Farrell was a blur to many of the other runners in Saturday’s race. She finished in 18:41, just over two minutes behind the top male finisher, Rick Trojanowski of Calverton.

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A past runner of 10ks and marathons, the young mom said she’s finally been able to get back into peak running condition this year. While she kept up with her training the past couple years, she says it’s been tough to run as many races as she’d like to.

“But the kids have been sleeping a little better and I’ve gotten into a better routine this year,” she said.

So how will she celebrate victory in her first Run for the Ridley?

“We’ll probably come back [to the aquarium] later today,” she said. “It’s a great place for kids, families or anyone, really. I recommend the membership.”

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Ms. Farrell was far from the only young parent to run Saturday.

Ms. Farrell was far from the only young parent to run Saturday.

Kelly and Jason Rudish of Medford ran the 5K with daughter Lyla, 2, in a runners’ stroller.

“We try to do this every year,” she said. “It is a beautiful course and beautifully run by the RFMP staff and volunteers.”

They finished in 27:33.

Barbaraellen Koch contributed reporting for this story.

08/26/12 2:01pm
08/26/2012 2:01 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Gerry O’Hara of East Rockaway won the Sound to Bay 10K race on Sunday morning in 36 minutes 29.14 seconds.

SOUND TO BAY 10K AND 5K

Maria Pavkovitch had been through the routine before. While her boyfriend played golf at a nearby golf course, she would do some road running. That was the plan again for Sunday morning until the pair noticed a flyer advertising the 14th annual Sound to Bay 10K and 5K.

So, at her boyfriend’s urging, Pavkovitch decided to enter the 10-kilometer race instead and use that as a workout. Her expectations were modest for a race she had not prepared for.

“I didn’t eat the right food last night,” she said. “I didn’t go to sleep at the right time.”

Talk about spur of the moment. Pavkovitch registered for the race only 45 minutes before its scheduled start.

And then she won it!

Pavkovitch, 28, of Union City, N.J., was the leading woman from the beginning of the race, which started at Iron Pier Beach in Northville. She did, however, face a challenge from the runner-up, Kathleen Callahan, at the three-mile mark.

“I’m not one to look back at all, but when I was getting water, I saw her in the corner of my eye,” said Pavkovitch. Pavkovitch said she then told herself, “I guess you got to work now.”

And she did.

The former Rutgers University cross-country and track and field athlete who now runs for the Central Park Track Club in New York City, said the middle of the race is when pain starts to creep in. She said that was the case two years ago when she took third place in the Sound to Bay 10K.

This time, though, she wasn’t giving in to the pain.

She said: “This time I was like: ‘You know what? I’m just going to go for it. It’s going to be over in three miles. I waited around long enough for [the race] to start.’ So, I just wanted to make it worthwhile.”

And she did, turning in a winning time of 39 minutes 23.2 seconds.

“I know I can run faster than this,” Pavkovitch said, noting that her usual 10K time is around 38 minutes. “Today just wasn’t the day for it.”

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Maria Pavkovitch of Union City, N.J., who signed up for the 10K race only 45 minutes before the scheduled start, was the first female finisher.

She added: “You just never know how you’ll feel when you get out there. You never know what kind of day that you’re having.”

Callahan followed Pavkovitch to the finish line at South Jamesport Beach in 39:51.2. Nadine Moors was third in 41:10.1, Tara Wilson was fourth in 41:49.4 and Kim Ely was fifth in 46:09.4, according to the unofficial results.

On the men’s side, Gerry O’Hara made his debut in the Sound to Bay 10K a winning one. O’Hara, representing the Super Runners Shop team, wanted to set a six-minute pace per mile, and he did better than that, averaging 5:31.1 per mile over the 6.2-mile distance. It added up to a final time of 36:29.1 for the 48-year-old East Rockaway man.

Anthony Galvan, a Riverhead High School senior cross-country runner who is 30 years younger than O’Hara, claimed second place for the second year in a row. Galvan’s time was 37:51.5. Shaun Mara, another Super Runners Shop runner, was third in 37:56.8, with Tommy Pyon (37:58.2) fourth and David Damarest (38:13.5) fifth.

O’Hara said he took the lead about a mile and a half into the race. He said a refreshing breeze helped him, but then again so did the competition. He was being pushed by younger legs behind him. “You have the fear of them coming up on me,” said O’Hara, whose son Patrick and daughter Emily also ran in the event along with teammates on their Kellenberg Memorial High School track and field teams.

O’Hara said he was happy with his victory. He said he had not won a road race in a while, but he is among the top 10 finishers in most of the races he competes in. As he explained it, there really is no secret to success in a road race, and there are no shortcuts. “You got to do the mileage,” he said.

For Galvan, the race was like déjà vu. He had led the first two miles of last year’s race before shin splints forced him to slow down, and he had to settle for second place behind Shawn Fitzgerald of Cutchogue. This time Galvan, who was as far back as in fifth place, said he experienced cramping in his midsection during the second mile.

The race comes a day before Galvan and his Riverhead High School teammates hold their first preseason practice. “I don’t know what the coaches have in store for us,” he said, looking ahead to tomorrow.

The 14th annual Sound to Bay 10K had a little twist to it — and a late start. With the addition of a five-kilometer race, the event produced a record turnout, with 615 runners completing the races. The 10K had 368 finishers.

The race director, Bob Sikora, said that when he saw all the runners who had assembled for the races, his first reaction was, “Whoa! — and no!”

A couple of hundred registrants the morning of the races caught organizers by surprise, delaying the start of the 10K by about a half-hour. Runners like Pavkovitch were anxious to get started as the final buses scrambled to deliver runners to the starting line. “I was already warmed up and then cooled down and warmed up again and then cooled down again,” she said.

The large turnout kept the 40 or so volunteer workers busy.

“Obviously you learn by your mistakes,” Sikora said. “It got off late because we didn’t have enough buses and so on and so forth. There are a few things that have to be worked out to make it run smoother.”

The five-kilometer race was won by Patrick McCabe in 18:42.7. The next four male runners after him were Jacob Rigios (19:28.5), Zack Nicholson (19:58.0), Ken Poliwoda (20:37.5) and Dan Cletaka (20:41.5).

Patricia Alcivar, a professional boxer from Forest Hills, was the first female finisher in 20:38.2. A determined Alcivar managed to hold off second-place Shannen Fuertes (20:42.5) at the finish. Fuertes was followed by Allison Hofmann (20:54.5), Melanie Pfennig (21:45.9) and Jazmine Carrillo (22:15.7).

An unidentified man who had collapsed while running the 5K race was taken by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center and treated for a possible heart attack, according to Riverhead police. No other details were available.

Jennifer Gustavson contributed to this article.

bliepa@timesreview.com

08/11/12 11:00am
08/11/2012 11:00 AM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Runners took off at the start of the New Suffolk Waterfront 5K on Saturday morning. A record 320 runners registered for the fourth annual race, according to the race director, Gary Osborne.

NEW SUFFOLK WATERFRONT 5K

A record registration signalled that the New Suffolk Waterfront 5K is getting bigger and better, if not faster.

The winning times in Saturday morning’s race were markedly slower than those records set by the top male and female finishers of a year ago, but the uncomfortable humidity might have had something to do with that.

Regardless of Mother Nature, which managed to keep threatening rain at bay until after the proceedings had concluded, the fourth annual race drew 320 registrants, according to the race director, Gary Osborne. Among the 297 finishers were all sorts of runners attracted to the event for a variety of reasons. Among them were a college cross-country and track and field runner, a body art enthusiast, and a professional boxer.

The former, Nick Petsky of Manorville, a junior at the College of the Holy Cross (Mass.), won the New Suffolk Waterfront 5K race for the second time in three years, scoring a six-second win over his nearest competitor, Shawn Fitzgerald of Cutchogue.

Petsky, who would have notched his third straight New Suffolk title had he not been edged out by Sean Norberg in last year’s race in a virtual dead heat, clocked a winning time of 17 minutes 30 seconds. That was 33 seconds slower than the record time that both he and Norberg posted last year. Saturday’s humid weather didn’t help.

“It’s August on Long Island,” Petsky said. “What are you going to expect?”

Petsky, 20, who ran a 5:38 mile pace, said the first couple of miles were run on the slow side. Andrew McAward of Garden City was the first runner to complete the first mile in 5:45.

Regardless, it didn’t seem to hurt Petsky. He still had something left in the tank when he made the final turn onto New Suffolk Avenue, passing Fitzgerald for the lead with about one-fifth of a mile to go.

“We got to the corner and I was feeling it, so I took it,” said Petsky.

Fitgerald, 38, who won the first New Suffolk Waterfront 5K in 2009, sounded as if he was expecting Petsky to make a move about that time. The two led the way for the final two miles of the race.

“I knew he was going to have a strong finish,” said Fitzgerald, who trains on the course, which is less than a mile from his home.

Petsky’s friend and teammate at Holy Cross, McAward, took third place in 17:52. Finishing five seconds behind McAward was Benjamin Johnson of Trumbull, Conn. Then there was a 75-second separation before the next group of runners crossed the finish line, including Jeremy Warner of Riverhead (19:12), Will Noonan of New York City (19:26), Thomas Fogarty of New York City (19:46), Mark Pawlak of Brooklyn (20:13), Rex Spielman of Cutchogue (20:59) and William Berg of New York City (21:03).

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Nick Petsky of Manorville was the first to the finish line for the second time in three years in the New Suffolk Waterfront 5K.

Petsky, who is to report to college in a week, said the race comes at a good time for him as he prepares for his college season. “It’s a staple,” he said. “I’m just thankful this race is around.”

Tara Wilson of Shelter Island Heights enjoyed her New Suffolk debut, admiring the scenery as she won the women’s race.

Wilson, 26, a Shelter Island High School graduate who ran cross-country for the Indians as well as The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., wears a number of tattoos. Among them is one that reads, “HURRICANE T”. It’s appropriate, considering that Wilson hit the course like a hurricane. Even so, her time of 21:13 didn’t threaten the female race record of 20:00 that Robin Lynn of Glen Gardner, N.J., set last year.

Wilson said she saw another female runner early in the race, but wasn’t sure how far that runner had fallen behind her. From her vantage point, she said, “I saw guys mostly.”

Wilson said she is “totally addicted” to running, but she also has a deep interest in body art. Among her tattoos are a couple of butterflies, one of which is her favorite. For now, at least, she has no plans to add to her collection. “I have a lot of tattoos,” she said. “I think that I’ll wait before I get another one.”

Perhaps Wilson can count her blessings that she wasn’t running against a fresh-legged Patricia Alcivar. Alcivar, a professional boxer from Forest Hills, Queens, who had trained and sparred the night before in Manhattan, said she had only four hours of sleep before the race. That didn’t prevent her, however, from taking second place in 21:43. Put an explanatory asterisk next to that time, though. Alcivar, who incorporates road running into her boxing training, said she can run under 21:00 on a good day.

“I think I did well, considering,” she said.

Alcivar, whose boxing name is Patty “Boom Boom” Alcivar, had a successful amateur career as a two-time New York City Golden Gloves and national champion. After six years of amateur boxing, she turned pro two and a half years ago. The super flyweight has a 6-1 record with three knockouts.

Asked if there was a point in the race when her legs felt like lead, Alcivar replied, “From the start.”

As Alcivar sees it, road running gives her a leg up on her boxing competitors.

“I try to race like two to three times a month,” she said. “That’s my secret weapon in boxing because a lot of boxers don’t like to run. They’re a little bit lazy on the running, so the conditioning and the stamina definitely helps me.”

Vicki Edwards of Mattituck was third in 22:27, Tracy Epstein of Smithtown was fourth in 22:41 and Deirdre Apicello of Jamesport was fifth in 23:13. The next five women finished within 34 seconds of each other: Meg Tuthill of Southold (23:23), Tami Loeffler of Bordeaux, France (23:29), Samantha Aller of New York City (23:48), Joanne Johnson of Trumbull, Conn. (23:56), and Kristen Helinski of Southold (23:57).

Osborne noted that the New Suffolk race has been drawing more runners as well as more serious runners. He said, “This has been the best year yet.”

bliepa@timesreview.com

07/05/12 11:00am
07/05/2012 11:00 AM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | The start of the SWR July 4 5K race.

Runners braved the hot, humid weather Wednesday morning at the Shoreham-Wading River 28th annual July 4 race in the streets around the Miller Avenue School in Shoreham. Collin Zeffer of Sound Beach won the 5K in 17 minutes 19 seconds. Ann Herr of Wading River was the fastest female in 20:10.

The races raised money for 12 scholarships.

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Here are some of the results:

1-mile, 12 and under

1. Julian Reiss, Wading River, 6:14

2. Joseph Krause, Shoreham, 6:17

3. Kevin Xu, Shoreham, 6:27

4. Anthony Guzzone, Shoreham, 6:34

5. Danielle Rose, Miller Place, 6:36

One-mile, Open

1. Ryan Udvadia, Shoreham, 5:35

2. Brandon Turbush, Manorville, 5:47

3. Mike Qually, Shoreham, 5:52

4. Rich Haviland, Laurel

5. Maxwell Maritato, Shoreham, 6:06

5K

Men

1. Collin Zeffer, Sound Beach, 17:19

2. Ryan Udvadia, Shoreham, 17:25

3. Kevin Krause, Shoreham, 17:33

4. Rick Trojanowski, Calverton, 17:42

5. Sean Norberg, Wading River, 17:59

Women

1. Ann Herr, Wading River, 20:10

2. Brianne Ricevuto, Medford, 21:15

3. Kaithlyn Ohrtman, Shoreham, 21:21

4. Francesca Lilly, Shoreham, 21:28

5. Kelly Mullady, Rocky Point, 21:49

06/16/12 9:35pm
06/16/2012 9:35 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Simon Ndirangu of Kenya meeting with reporters after setting a Shelter Island 10K Run record: 28 minutes 37 seconds.

SHELTER ISLAND 10K RUN

The weather conditions were ripe for a record.

A typical day for the Shelter Island 10K Run is hot, humid and sticky. Saturday was not like that at all. It wasn’t too hot, humidity was not a factor, and there was even a refreshing breeze that cooled the runners like a giant fan.

Some 90 minutes before the 33rd annual race, Dr. Frank Adipietro, the race’s medical director and public-address announcer, told a reporter, “We could definitely see a course record today.”

How right he was.

Simon Ndirangu of Kenya clocked a winning time of 28 minutes 37 seconds for a race record. He clipped three seconds off the previous mark that Alena Reta of Ethiopia set in 2010 when he won the race for the second time in four years.

But Saturday was Ndirangu’s day. The 26-year-old was steady throughout. Running a 4:37-per-mile pace, he completed the first five kilometers in 14:12 and then finished the second half of the race in 14:26.

“I’m very happy,” said Ndirangu, who had never run in the Shelter Island 10K before. “My aim was to beat the course record, and I did it.”

Second place went to Tesfaye Girma of Ethiopia in 29:10. The residences of the next six finishers — Samuel Ndereba (29:45), Abiyot Endale (29:50), Mengistu Nebsi (30:01), Ketema Nigusse (31:00), Boniface Biwott (31:18) and Mikael Tesfaye (31:29) — were not listed. Dan Wallace-Periac of Nyack (31:39) was ninth and Thomas Rammelkamp of Miller Place (32:35) took 10th.

Ndirangu, who started running professionally in 2006, did not know what his competition would be like, so he was running into the unknown, in a sense.

“I was not sure I was going to win, but I was sure I was going to do something under 29 minutes,” he said. “… It’s an opportunity God gives you once.”

And he snatched it.

Ndirangu made his move around the three-mile mark, when he took the lead. “By four miles, I was 90-percent [sure] I was going to win,” he said. “I believe I have a strong kick.”

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Malika Mejdoub, a Moroccan who lives in Albuquerque, N.M., won the women's race after taking second place last year.

In the women’s race, last year’s runner-up, Malika Mejdoub, took the top honor, winning in 34:28. Mejdoub, a Moroccan who lives in Albuquerque, N.M., held off a challenge from Hirut Mandefro of Ethiopia, who was second in 34:42.

Speaking of her time, which improved upon the 34:40 she turned in last year, Mejdoub said: “It’s not my best, but it’s alright.”

Third place went to McKenzie Melander of Apple Valley, Minn. Her time was 34:51.

Mejdoub, Morocco’s former cross-country champion, is hoping to compete in this summer’s Olympics in England. Morocco doesn’t hold trials to select its marathon runners, so for Mejdoub, it’s a waiting game as she waits for the Olympic list to come out. She’s hoping her name will be on it.

“Of course, anybody dreams to go to the Olympics,” she said. “I’m waiting. I don’t know what to do, what’s the plan. Anything can happen.”

Six former Olympians ran the course. Among them were two women who finished in the top 10: a Russian, Ludmila Petrova (seventh in 35:57), and Joan Benoit Samuelson of Freeport (10th in 39:29).

The other former Olympians were Keith Brantly, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter and Shelter Island’s own Amanda Clark, a sailor who will compete in the Olympic Games in England later this summer.

The other top 10 finishers in the women’s race were Dorcus Chesang (fourth in 34:52), Ilona Barvanova (fifth in 35:15), Tinbit Wedgbral (sixth in 35:30), Heather Williams of Centerport (eighth in 38:26) and Tara Farrell of East Quogue (ninth in 38:55).

Ryan Udvadia, 16, of Shoreham was the top local finisher, coming in 14th in 34:28. Ken Rideout was the first Shelter Islander to cross the finish line. He was 15th in the men’s race in 36:26.

The final results showed that 1,067 runners completed the race.

When the race started in front of Shelter Island High School, a scene that looked like something Norman Rockwell would have painted took shape. Heads bobbed up and down as a mass of bodies snaked their way forward with American flags waving in the background. And there were more American flags, hundreds of them, planted in the ground over the last mile of the race, which was designated as “Joey’s Mile.” It is in memory of Shelter Island’s hero, 1st Lt. Joseph Theinert, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in June 2010.

African runners have a hold on this race, and for good reason: Running is their lifestyle.

“We do this for our life,” Ndirangu said. “We always train. In Africa we train hard, and probably most of the runners in Africa, they don’t have a job. Their job is just running, and those who are running, they take it very seriously.”

Count Girma among them. He said he runs 100 training miles a week.

“That’s my job,” said Girma, who won a 10-kilometer race in Orange County, N.Y., three weeks ago. “I’m training every day. I want to win.”

For Ndirangu and others, running is a way of life.

“Running is like my hobby. I like it,” Ndirangu explained. “In my career, I want to make history. I want to make victories, so this is one of them. I’m very, very happy.”

bliepa@timesreview.com

10/15/11 12:05pm
10/15/2011 12:05 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Runners took off from the starting line of the 13th annual Sound to Bay 10K on Saturday morning.

The number 13 may be unlucky for the Sound to Bay 10K. After all, the 13th annual running of the 10-kilometer race from Iron Pier Beach in Northville to South Jamesport Beach did not go off as scheduled on Aug. 28. Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene saw to that.

Three days before the originally scheduled race date, organizers bowed to the warnings about Hurricane Irene and removed the race from the calendar — temporarily.
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“It was crazy,” said Bob Sikora, who is in his first year as the race director. “It was a little stressful because people were wondering, is [the race] going to happen?”

The answer was yes.

BOB LIEPA PHOTO | Shawn Fitzgerald of Cutchogue, a runner-up last year, was the first finisher in 35 minutes 42 seconds.

Irene postponed the Sound to Bay 10K, but didn’t stop it. The race was rescheduled and run on Saturday. Runners undoubtedly enjoyed the crisp, breezy weather conditions, a stark contrast to the heat and humidity that is more typical when the event is held in late August.

Two first-time winners were produced. Shawn Fitzgerald of Cutchogue, who was a runner-up two years ago, was the first finisher this time, clocking a time of 35 minutes 42 seconds. Una Broderick of Wantagh won the women’s race in 40:12 and was fifth overall. She clipped 31 seconds off the time she posted last year when she was second in the race.

“I lucked out,” Broderick joked. “The speedsters didn’t come out today.”

Fitzgerald, 37, won by an impressive margin. The second-place runner, Anthony Galvan of Riverhead, reached the finish line 2:16 after him. Galvan, 17, is a member of the Riverhead High School boys cross country team. He was joined in the race by the team’s coach, Pat Burke, who was 17th in 45:26.

Fitzgerald was relieved that the race was rescheduled. Because of his job at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton, he would not have been able to run on Aug. 28.

“We were on alert for the hurricane to help out if they needed any help,” he said, “and we ultimately ended up going upstate for the flood, so I was actually pleased that they delayed it so I could be a part of it.”

Galvan led the first two miles, with him and Fitzgerald having pulled away from the pack. Then Galvan heard something disconcerting.

BOB LIEPA PHOTO | Una Broderick of Wantagh took 31 seconds off her runner-up time last year and won the women's race on Saturday.

“I heard [Fitzgerald’s] footsteps after the second mile,” he said. “I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I got to pick it up.’ ”

It was around that point when Fitzgerald passed Galvan, who was feeling the sharp pain of shin splints. “Once we hit the three-mile spot I had to slow down a lot because they really started hurting,” said Galvan.

Having traded places, it was then Fitzgerald’s turn to wonder what was happening behind him. As it turned out, he didn’t have to worry. He never relinquished the lead after that.

“I was just going to come out and run and see what I can do,” said Fitzgerald.

The runners were striding against a cool breeze. “It slowed you down, but it felt good,” said Galvan.

Jay Duggan, whose residence was not listed, came in third in 39:07, which was 14 seconds ahead of fourth-place Richard Buckheit of Southold. Greg Zanieski of Pleasant Valley was fifth in 40:26. He was followed, in order, by Ryan Brod of Portland, Me. (40:50), Bill Morrison of New York City (40:57), Sean McCarthy of Wading River (41:00), Roman De Jesus of East Setauket (42:17) and Bruce Hotchkiss of Riverhead (43:42).

Similarly, the women’s race wasn’t close. Broderick, 44, was the clear winner, finishing 3:37 ahead of the second-place woman, Rosalina Castllo of Riverhead. Moira Tuohy and Kathleen Kilbride, whose residences were not known, were third and fourth in 45:19 and 45:24, respectively. Christine Mahoney of East Quogue took fifth in 47:34.

Rounding out the top 10 in the women’s race were Charles Lamitie of Ridge (47:41), Julianne Milliman of Laurel (47:51), Christianne Gentry of East Moriches (48:34), Michelle Rempe of Peconic (49:05) and Kelli Dougherty of East Patchogue (49:27).

Broderick led by such a margin that she even had an opportunity to enjoy the passing scenery a little. Then again, as with many runners, there was always the question of what was happening behind her. Could somebody be making a move? It can be an uneasy feeling.

“I’ve learned my lesson through racing,” Broderick said. “I never try to turn around and look behind me. I just try to run really fast because I’ve gotten burned when I’ve turned around, somebody passes you. If somebody’s faster than you and they beat you, then you just tip your hat to them. Keep going. Just run as hard as you can, until you drop.”

Although 386 runners had registered for the race, there were plenty of no-shows. The final tally recorded 238 finishers.

“I don’t think you could ask for a better day,” Sikora said. “It’s a real good turnout. I did the race twice this year for all intents and purposes. I’m kind of glad that it’s done and it was a success, and it looks like everybody had a good time.”

Not even Irene could spoil that.

bliepa@timesreview.com