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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

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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