Miles For Matt Foundation
P.O. Box 20117
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Contact: Lynn Scarpati, Cell: 631-662-5415, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Celebrate Life” Sculpture Unveiling
November 3rd at 2PM, Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, NY
October 24, 2013, Huntington Station, NY – On Sunday November 3, 2013 at 2pm Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano will unveil the “Celebrate Life” sculpture in memory of a bicyclist at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, New York.
In the summer of 2009, 19-year-old Matt Scarpati went out for a bike ride on the Wantagh State Bike Path and never came home. Matt was fatally struck by a drunk and speeding 44-year-old motorcyclist, who is currently serving a prison sentence of 3-9 years in an upstate correctional facility.
The mission of the Miles for Matt Foundation is to support the educational journey of students, their development through sports activities and recreational safety in public venues in memory of Matthew Scarpati (19), who was killed by an adult driving under the influence. The Foundation advances this mission primarily through its work in education, athletics and medical research and strives to continue the interests and goals that Matt held.
The Foundation hosted a Bike Tour in June 2010 on the Wantagh State Parkway to mark the coming installation of the guard rails that now protect 4.5 miles of the bike path. We were presented with a ghost bike, the loving effort of Matt’s friends to create a memorial at the site of the crash. However, New York State would not allow the ghost bike to be placed on or near the site. We turned to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who has supported our efforts to work with Nassau County Parks and Recreation.
Through the efforts of noted sculptor, Michael Alfano, (http://www.michaelalfano.com) we were able to see a photo of Matt on his Colnago, transformed.
We invite all to attend to commemorate a loved brother, son, and friend.
Sculpture by Michael Alfano
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By Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.
Created 06/06/2010 – 11:27am
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today joined in a ribbon cutting ceremony with Lynn and Jim Scarpati and Governor David Paterson to launch the construction of the Wantagh Parkway guard rail project.
One year ago, the Scarpati’s 19 year-old son Matthew, an avid bicyclist, was repairing a flat tire on the bike path when a drunken motorcyclist lost control and tragically took his life.
Hundreds showed up at the ceremony today to kick off a bike ride in Matthew’s honor, but it was thousands who signed petitions, Facebook pages and contacted local officials. Immediately after the accident, Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman David McDonough (R-No. Merrick) met with the Scarpati family in the Senator’s office and vowed their support. Senator Fuschillo made an immediate phone call to Governor Paterson’s office and arranged for a private meeting with him and the Scarpati’s so he could hear first-hand the need for the guard rail to prevent further death or injury.
“I join with the Scarpati family in thanking Governor Paterson for making this project a reality,” Senator Fuschillo said. “It’s a bittersweet day for the Scarpati family but countless people will be forever grateful for their commitment to making the bike path safer.”
“Although this guard rail will never bring my son back, I know it will save lives,” Lynn Scarpati said.
Senator Fuschillo also praised the efforts of many others who contacted his office and used social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to keep attention to the need for the project.
“Matt enjoyed fitness and bicycling to stay healthy yet his life was taken in such a tragic way” Assemblyman McDonough said. “He will be forever missed by his family and friends, but because of their work in his name, lives will be saved.”
A bicycle that was painted entirely in white was presented at the ceremony by Matt’s former biking partner and best friend. A ‘ghost bike,’ as it’s called, with Matthew Sarpati’s name, is a custom among bicyclists to leave at the site where a fellow rider was killed to bring attention for safe roads.
Please note that due to a conflict with Cedar Creek Park (two commitments were made for the same day), we have moved the start. The new start will be at the exit from Parking lot 5A at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.
If you drive down the Wantagh State Parkway, please stay in the left hand lanes as you approach the toll booth. You will not be required to pay the toll. You will follow a traffic circle around the famed Jones Beach Water Tower. Follow signs to parking in lot 5A Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.
Thank so much for joining us to celebrate a beautiful life and the guide rail project on the Wantagh State Parkway.
Published: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Updated: Thursday, March 25, 2010
The brothers of Pi Lambda Phi and members of the campus community will gather in memory of Matthew Scarpati at the first Matthew Scarpati Memorial Walk on Sunday.
Matthew Scarpati was a 19-year-old sophomore economics major at the University at Buffalo when a drunken motorcyclist tragically killed him last July. Scarpati was struck while riding his bike on the Wantagh bike path near his home on Long Island, N.Y.
“….. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don’t conclude the road has vanished. And how else could we discover the stars?”