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Flea Market - August 31

Thrift Shop Reopens - September 12

Corpus Christi CYO Basketball - September

 

Flea Market

Saturday, Aug. 31. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillside United Methodist Church, 2801 Hillside Avenue (corner of Heywood St. or  two lights west of  Herricks Rd.),  New Hyde Park. Vendors:  Jewelry,  assortment of  boutique items, white elephants, bric-a-brac, glassware and much more. For more information, call 516-437-7580.

 

Thrift Shop Reopens

The thrift shop sponsored by Resurrection and St. Aidan Churches will reopen Sept. 12.  There is a new supply of mostly all items including house wears, jewelery, clothing etc.  Hours are Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Resurrection Church is located at the corner of Campbell Ave. and Center St., Williston Park.  For any further information, call 516-746-5527.

Corpus Christi CYO Basketball

Boys and girls grades 3 to high school and k-2 clinic can register for CYO basketball. Practices and games start in September. Clinics will begin in December for kindegarten through second-grade. $125 Per child for travel teams/uniform additional $40, $90 Per child for k-2 clinic includes T-shirt. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional information. Registration forms available at rectory or email above Volunteers and coaches are needed, no experience necessary, all are welcome.

Post 144 Installation Dinner

American Legion Post 144 will hold its Annual Installation Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Legion Hall located at 730 Willis Avenue, Williston Park.  Cocktails at 6 p.m. will be followed by the formal Installation Ceremony of Commander Frank Oliveri and his staff at 7 p.m. The installation will be followed by a dinner catered by Skalberg Caterers with an open ban, music and dancing.  Tickets are $25 per person.  Contact Don Sassano at 516-747-3945 for ticket and seating information. Cut off date is Sept. 19.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

Mineola Bocce Group Meets Thursdays

The Mineola Bocce Group meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Wilson Park’s Bocce Court in Mineola. The group invites all interested Bocce players to join for a game. The bocce court is available seven days a week. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Mariani at 631-978-1324.

Coffee & Catholicism

Are you or someone you know seeking a path to faith? Come and have coffee with the Right of Christian Initiation team (RCIA) at St. Aidan’s Parish. Bring someone who is not of our faith and is searching or a baptized catholic who has not received all their sacraments. This is an informal night without any commitments. Just relax and ask questions. Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Aidan’s convent. 16 Pembroke St. Williston Park. Please call 516-746-6585 if you plan to attend. 

90th Anniversary Dinner Dance

Knights of Columbus Corpus Christi Council #2502 will hold its 90th anniversary dinner dance Saturday, Nov. 9, 6 to 11 p.m.. The hall is located at 186 Jericho Turnpike in Mineola. Open bar, buffet table during cocktail hour, family style dinner, coffee, dessert and a live band. It’s $60 per person.

Payment and reservations must be received by Nov. 1. No walk-ins. Please Checks payable to K of C #2502 Please send payment and a letter with the names of your guests to Tom Kelly, 68 Jerome Avenue, Mineola. For more information, call 516-459-2540.

MHS Class of 1963 Reunion

The Mineola High School Class of 1963 will hold its 50-year reunion on Oct. 9-13 in New York City and Long Island. Are you a member of the class? Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

 

Irish American Society Events

 

GAA Games Direct From Ireland

The Gaelic Athletic Association is an Irish Nationwide sporting organization featuring the national sports, hurling and Gaelic football. They show the games live on big screens televisions. Complimentary tea, coffee and scones are served and a cash bar is open.

Adult Set Dancing

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 297 Willis Avenue in Mineola.

Social Club

Mondays noon to 3 p.m. 297 Willis Avenue in Mineola.

Irish Step Dancing

Tuesdays and Thursday nights. 297 Willis Avenue in Mineola. For more information, call Donny Golden at 718-238-9207.

Pipe & Drum Lessons

Thursday nights at 7 p.m. 297 Willis Avenue in Mineola. Call Ward M. Connelly at 631-262-0127.

Yoga Lessons

Every Monday at 11 a.m. 297 Willis Avenue in Mineola

For additional information, call the Irish American Center Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 516-746-9392 or 516-742-8080.


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


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