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Local Artists Fight 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. 

Levittown resident Holly Gillin’s bra creation, “The Looking Feathers,” is one way in which many Nassau County residents are providing physical and moral support for those suffering from breast cancer. 

“My mother is my angel; she watches over me from heaven above,” said Gillin. “I feel her strength and beauty around me in all that I do; despite her struggles, my mother never gave up hope.”

Gillian hopes that one day, mothers, daughter, and sisters “will rise above breast cancer with their inner strength and beauty.” Her creation is explained, peacock feathers are a symbol of strength and beauty; ancient Greeks believed the goddess Hera placed eyes in the peacock’s feathers to symbolize the all-seeing knowledge of the heavens.

Wantagh residents Lisa Sinacori, Ginny Kotoucek, Heather Leonhardt, Kristin Motschwiller, and Amanda Sinobio, 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.

Creative Cups, now in its third year, “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. 

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

News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com