Written by Matthew Ern, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 12 October 2013 00:00
On Friday, Oct.11, residents can help fight breast cancer for only the cost of a slice of pizza. Local business SKINNYPIZZA will be donating half of its sales from the day to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation, a national charity based in Seattle. It’s part of Slice of Hope, a country-wide charity event.
Slice of Hope is the creation of Karen Mullen Foundation co-founder Jeremy White. The event has been held for the past three years, and the foundation donates all of the money raised to leading cancer research labs.
In 2013, White and a small team of cyclists will also be raising breast cancer awareness with a bike ride throughout New England from Oct. 9-12. The ride will have stops in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, which coincides with the Slice of Hope festivities on Oct. 11.
White says he got the idea to start the foundation in January 2011 when Karen Mullen, his friend’s wife, passed away from breast cancer. His own mother and mother-in-law have also battled the disease.
As editor of Pizza Today Magazine, White saw an opportunity to reach out to the publication’s readers through Slice of Hope and get over a hundred pizzerias across the country involved in cancer research.
“It’s an opportunity for customers to come out and support their local businesses, and for them to support Karen Mullen and breast cancer research,” said White.
October is both National Pizza Month as well as national breast cancer awareness month.
SKINNYPIZZA has two locations on Long Island, one in Roslyn Heights and one in Garden City located in the Roosevelt Field Mall, and both will be participating in Slice of Hope. This will be the pizzerias’ first time participating in Slice of Hope, and founder Joseph Vetrano says that after realizing that the majority of his customers were women, he felt he had no choice but to get involved and support the cause.
“There isn’t a person in this country who hasn’t felt the effects of breast cancer in some way,” says Vetrano.
Vetrano first read about Slice of Hope in Pizza Today Magazine, and was shocked that it was mostly pizzerias in California that got involved.
SKINNYPIZZA will be the first and only Long Island participant in the event this year. During the preceding week, Vetrano says his employees will all be wearing pink breast cancer awareness t-shirts and there will be pink balloons outside of the storefront. And he’s already looking forward to next year. “We’re going to make the event bigger and bigger.”
The Roslyn Heights SKINNYPIZZA opened in March of 2011 and next spring, a third location will be opening up in the World Financial Center in Manhattan.
For more information about the work being done by the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation visit their website at endthisdisease.org.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.