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Mineola Alum Runs Across America For Dad

In the summer of 2011, Muireann Phelan, a 2009 graduate of Mineola High School, cycled from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR with 30 other college students. They cycled over 4,500 miles while raising funds for an organization called The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, 4K for Cancer. The organization is dedicated to helping young adults who are affected by cancer. Muireann undertook this challenge in honor of her father, Paddy, who had been battling cancer since 2009. With the help of family, friends and the community she grew up in, she was able to raise $7,500.

Sadly, Paddy lost his battle in October 2012 just days before Muireann’s birthday. She has decided that the best way to honor his memory is by partaking in another cross-country adventure raising money to fight the disease that has caused her so much pain.

This summer, Muireann is running from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD with another group of college students in a relay style run. The run leaves from California on Sunday, June 15, which just happens to be Father’s Day. Each runner will be running approximately 12-15 miles each day, and has been charged with raising $4,500, which is used for various aspects of the organization such as: transporting patients to and from treatments, setting up meetings with patient navigators, support groups, and scholarships.

If anyone would like to donate to Muireann’s run, the best place to do so is at her page on the 4K for Cancer website at 4kforcancer.org/profiles/muireann-phelan/.

News

Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.

 

It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.

Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.

 

“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”

 

After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


Columns

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