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Creative Cups Is Back, Mineola

Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, fabric, beads, and paint Mineola. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fundraising event of the Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back and two local residents have already submitted designs. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island where artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends and family members and others have used originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art.

 

Submitted creations must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in the auction/gala on March 19, 2015 at Adelphi University in Garden City. Those wishing to create a bra are encouraged to sign up early, as entrants will be limited to 200. Below are two Mineola entries from last year.

 

The Flapper, By Gabrielle Mineo

For her bra, she decided to pull inspiration from the roaring 1920s. During this era, the “flapper” woman broke away from Victorian rules and embraced new ways of thinking, acting and dressing. This movement was important to women because it represented a freedom of choice and equality. The flapper cut her hair short and the hemlines came up. They used makeup and they danced the night away. 

 

One of the interesting things the flapper did was to encourage the flat-chested look in women. These ladies embraced consumerism and personal choices while challenging traditional society roles. 

 

This bra, Mineo feels, represents women who choose not to have reconstructive surgery and still maintain a positive perception of their new bodies. It is her hope that women of today will draw inspiration from the women of the flapper era and have great pride and confidence in their bodies.

 

Journey, By Karen Quercia Goulet

When cancer strikes we hope for an early stage, a beatable type. It is random and it finds us.

 

This piece was created in memory of Dolores Quercia. She was Quercia Goulet’s cousin, Frankie’s, wife. She fought a two-year battle against breast cancer and passed away in August of 2012. Quercia was 47.

 

She was a lover of life, the sun, her garden, her pets and, especially, her family. The loss of her is deeply felt by many.

 

The bra Quercia Goulet created represents the smooth, the bumpy, the twisted and turned paths along life’s journey. “We never know when the “bump” in the road will hit,” she said. “It could be small, it could be big—it throws us off course. So we should be joyous in our daily lives and celebrate the ordinary day.”

 

For more information, guidelines and to register, visit adelphi.edu/creative-cups or call 800-877-8077.

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


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