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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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