Written by Mineola American Staff Saturday, 31 May 2014 00:00
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00
Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.
Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied.
“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events.
After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer.
Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park. This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought.
Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20. Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.