On Oct. 22, Fireman’s Memorial Park in Lindenhurst was buzzing with softball players from early in the morning until late at night during the ninth annual Patrick Boylan Memorial Softball Tournament.
The tournament is held in honor Patrick Boylan, a Lindenhurst resident and New York City firefighter who died in 2002 of cardiac arrest during surgery.
Boylan served in FDNY Ladder Co. 7, which had nine firefighters killed in the 9/11 attacks. Boylan’s friend and tournament creator, Bob Weiden, said Boylan “always put others’ needs ahead of his own.”
“It’s wonderful to come together and celebrate his memory every year,” he added.
The first tournament was held for the Boylan family to celebrate Patrick’s life. It was such a success that it became an annual event. The number of teams participating increases every year, as well as those attending just to show their support, Weiden said.
Boylan’s family members attend every year, including his parents, who come up from Florida.
This year’s event included the sale of tournament T-shirts, raffle drawings and food sold and donated by Duffy’s Wings of Lindenhurst. More than $3,000 was raised, which will go to several local families in need.
Other Happenings in Lindenhurst:
Safe Halloween: Today, Lindenhurst High School will host its 21st annual Safe Halloween program from 4 to 7 p.m. Children can stroll down the high school’s Halloween-decorated hallways and trick or treat from classroom to classroom, where various school clubs will be handing out candy. Other holiday activities will also be taking place. The high school is located at 300 Charles St.
Hope For The Warriors Run: On Nov. 13, Hope for the Warriors is holding its fourth annual Long Island Run for the Warriors, which includes a 10K, 5K and 1-mile run/walk starting from Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst. There will be a pre-race ceremony at 9 a.m., with the race kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Register for the race here.
Studio Theatre: A performance of Neil Simon’s “Jake’s Women,” the story of a writer struggling to save his marriage and career, is playing at Studio Theatre, 141 S. Wellwood Ave., through Nov. 12. Show times vary. Visit Studio Theatre’s website for tickets.