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Mineola Resident Runs For Sister

Mineola resident Liz Holzknecht will take part in the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon in Boston to raise funds and awareness for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck on June 8. Holzknecht will be running in her third half-marathon since she took up running last year as part of a New Year’s Resolution.

Holzknecht will run in honor of her late sister, Kate, who attended the camp. Kate’s 24th birthday would have been on June 9—the day after the race. Kate suffered from many disabilities, including not being able to verbalize with others.

Despite her disabilities, Kate always managed to show her love for the camp and its staff.

“She would come home exhausted, but you knew she had a good time and enjoyed herself. Few people actually understood Kate; however, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck’s staff and volunteers were some of the people that did,” said Holzknecht.

After trying out many special-needs programs for Kate, her parents were determined to find a place for their daughter to engage with others and feel content. Liz’s parents learned about Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck through Kate’s neurologist, with whom they spent a lot of time over the years.

“We are thrilled that Liz has decided to help us raise funds and awareness for the camp through her participation in the Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon,” says Bridget Costello, executive director of Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. “Kate was a camper who was very dear to our hearts and we miss her every single day.”

The doctor recommended the camp because its programs would help provide Kate with the type of interactive activities that she longed for. For eight years, she attended the camp’s respite weekends and summer sessions.

When Kate passed away last September, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck had a memorial ceremony by releasing balloons in her memory. In addition, the Moriches Paquatuck Squaws hosted its first-ever Spring Fling Joy Prom at the camp in remembrance of Kate.

“Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck helped my sister tremendously—I can’t thank them enough,” Holzknecht said.

“That’s why this race will be fully dedicated to the camp and my sister.”

Holzknecht has also established a website where the public can donate to the camp in Kate’s name. She surpassed her fundraising goal of $1,000. Donations are still being accepted at www.crowdrise.com/runningforkate

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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