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Walkers converge in Syosset-Woodbury Community Park

Sandra Gregorio, 71, of Hicksville, leads the way

Sandra Gregorio, 71, of Hicksville, leads the way in Syosset-Woodbury Community Park as part of a walking group. "I think it's good to walk because it keeps me in shape and I�ve made good friends here," she said. (Sept. 26, 2011) Credit: Ursula Moore

At 71 years old, Sandra Gregorio is a walking machine.

Gregorio, above, has been walking on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Syosset-Woodbury Community Park for the past 2 1/2 years as part of the Fall Walking Program sponsored by the Town of Oyster Bay.

A retired clerk typist, Gregorio admits that she loves the benefits of walking through the park.

"I think it's good to walk because it keeps me in shape, and I’ve made good friends here,” the Hicksville woman said. “It's boring to walk alone.”

During the extremely hot summer and frigid cold winter months, Gregorio walks in malls.

"I had a hip replacement a few years ago, and I thought I should move more," she said.

Nina Mollineaux, walk coordinator for the Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, couldn't be more thrilled about the individuals who regularly walk in the park.

"Walking as a group is a motivation, most people don't want to walk alone," she said.

Regular walker Dotty Pizzino, of Syosset added, “If we don’t do it as a group, most of us won’t do it at all.”

Encouraged by his wife to walk was John Brolly, 62, of Plainview. "We are both retired now,” he said. “The walking is good for us, and the park is beautiful.”

Meeting at the mansion in the park, the group, which usually has about 20 to 30 people, stretches for a few minutes then walks the park three times.

The program, which is free and open to everyone, runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. through Oct. 19 at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park. It will resume at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville starting in November.

For more information, call 516-624-6386.


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