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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

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.

Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.

 

“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”


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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