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Fill Up On Pizza For Breast Cancer

Roslyn Heights shop donating

half of its sales to cause

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.

News

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


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