Sunny’s Story

Sunny's Story

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Sunny's Story, written by Ginger Katz is a drug prevention book for all ages. It is a compelling story for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, teachers and more. Sunny’s Story tells of joyful times and sad times, and of how a dog’s best friend was needlessly lost to drug abuse.

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It is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle. The story tells the ups and downs of life with his young master Ian, beginning with their meeting at an animal shelter, and ending with a futile effort to ward off disaster

Sunny's Story is read at many dinner tables across the country, in schools, libraries, as part of Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curricula for elementary, middle and high school students as well as a standalone book for children of all ages, parents, grandparents, teachers and professionals in the field of treatment and prevention.

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July 30, 2012

New Haven runners take top two spots in Eaccarino Memorial 9-miler

Runners compete in the Lightfoot Running Club’s 14th annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-miler
at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on Saturday. Photo: Contributed Photo / CT

Runners compete in the Lightfoot Running Club’s 14th annual Ian James Eaccarino
Memorial 9-miler at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on Saturday.
Photo: Contributed Photo / CT

NORWALK — There was plenty of competition at the 14th annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-mile race on Saturday at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk as 164 runners officially crossed the finish line.

At the head of the pack were a pair of runners from New Haven as 20-year-old Colin Lu clocked in at 59 minutes and five seconds to place first and 31-year-old Joe Lauer finished a close second, just four seconds behind him.

Geoffroy Allimant, 39, came in third in 59:26 and was the top finisher from Norwalk. Julie Heaphy, 30, of Norwalk, was fourth overall–and first among females–in 59:50.

The 9-miler–the fourth competition this summer in the Lightfoot Running Club’s six-race series–was dedicated to Eaccarino, who died in 1996 from an accidental drug overdose. His mother, Ginger Katz, has been a member of the Lightfoot Running Club for over 30 years and co-founded The Courage to Speak Foundation, which is based in Norwalk and empowers youth to be drug-free.

Mark Thompson, 49, of Mamaroneck, N.Y. rounded out the top five in the race by finishing in 1:02.57 and was ahead of a strong pack of Norwalk runners. Finishers eight through 13 were all from Norwalk as Lucas Finco, 33, came in eighth in 1:05.36 and was followed by 28-year-old Ellie Downs in 1:05.52, 41-year-old Greg Elkias in 1:06.15, 32-year-old Morten Kristiansen in 1:06.30, 35-year-old Javier Hernandez in 1:06.40 and 46-year-old Adam Norris in 1:07.15.

In total, 10 Norwalk runners placed in the top 20 as Michael Rozea, 29, came in 16th in 1:08.32 and Emilio Moreno, 33, finished 19th in 1:09.03.

A few local runners came in first in various age groups as Kelly Russo, 17, finished first in the 15- to 19-year-old female group in 1:20.41 and Ellie Downs, 28, was first in the 20- to 29-year-old female group in 1:05.52.

The next race in the Lightfoot Running Club series is the 11-miler, scheduled for Aug. 18 at Silvermine Elementary School in Norwalk.; 203-330-6289;

Ian James Eaccarino

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