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Tougher Than Cancer

Every year in Nassau County, more than 200 women – mothers, daughters, wives and friends – die from breast cancer. According to the New York Cancer Registry, an average of 1,265 cases of breast cancer are reported annually within Nassau County.

Farmingdale resident, Grace Verderosa’s bra creation, “Tougher Than Cancer,” is one way in which many local artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends and family members and others have used originality and creativity to transform bras into folk art.

The exhibit and auction, Creative Cups, “encourages artistic expression in celebration of the lives of those living with breast cancer and those we have lost to this terrible disease,” according to the organization’s website.

Verderosa has participated in each of the three Creative Cups events that have been held on Long Island. She and Vega-Schoch are among the 131 artists who participated in Creative Cups this year, turning ordinary bras into works of art.

 “This bra is a celebration of a lifelong friendship and how it continues to be impacted and strengthened throughout the trials and experience of one woman’s breast cancer,” said Verderosa, who teamed up with friend, Vivian Vega-Schoch for this year’s exhibition.

Their “Tougher Than Cancer” bra will be featured in “Highlights from Creative Cups,” a special exhibit, featuring 15 submissions in the Adelphi Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery running from March 4-11.

Melville local, Christine Guardiano, who submitted her creation “Renata’s Balance and Peace Bra,” was made in memory of a dear friend, Renata, better known as Cookie, who struggled with breast cancer for over 20 years.

“Her life and friendship were a blessing to many,” Guardiano said. “It was Cookie who went with me on my first labyrinth walk, which changed my life.” She explained, the labyrinth, unlike a maze, has no wrong turns or dead-ends; it is more a meditative path.

Guardiano said her creation “can actually be used to find your own personal balance and peace; it comes with a stylus, which can be used by starting at the entrance of the white or black labyrinth, representing yin and yang,” tracing the path in and out of the labyrinth as you meditate.

“Cookie would say to use this time to find hope and peace in your life; life is too short, so live each moment to its fullest,” added Guardiano.

Local residents, Gracemarie Louis of Bethpage, and Rebecca Zimmerman of Farmingdale, each have submissions in the program. Their work, along with dozens of other bras from the Creative Cups program, will be showcased at Adelphi University on March 14 and auctioned as part of Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support program.

NBC’s Pat Battle, a breast cancer survivor herself who made a bra called “The Glittering Garden of Hope” with her daughter Clarke, will host the event.

Tickets are $50 ($65 for day of event walk-ins) and can be purchased on-line: www.adelphi.edu/creative-cups. Call the hotline at 800-877-8077 for information.

For more information, visit http://www. adelphi.edu/nys breastcancer/index. html.

News

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus. 


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


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