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MineolaAmerican.com Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - August 13

International Night - August 14

What Matters To You - August 15

 

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Town Zoning Meeting

The Town of North Hempstead’s Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 10 a.m. in Town Hall at 220 Plandome Rd. in Manhasset.

 

Book Discussion For Kids

Attend a children’s book discussion at 5:30 p.m. in the Williston Park Library at 494 Willis Ave. Call 516-742-1820 for book titles.

 

Outdoor Concert

The Village of Williston Park will be sponsoring its traditional outdoor concert, hosting Harpers Ferry and at the Roger Fay Williston Park Pool. Show time will be 7 to 10 p.m. at Kelleher Field.

 

Leisure Club Opportunity

The Mineola Leisure Club is seeking new members. Seniors over 60 can call Leslie Kerzner at 516-741-8747 or Mike Coniglio at 516-747-2058. The club meets on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from September to June.

 

Thursday, Aug. 14

International Night

Eleanor Rigby’s at 133 Mineola Blvd. will host International Night with select cuisines from different cultures. For more info, go to eleanorigbys.com

 

Story Hour For Tots

Take your tot to story hour at the Williston Park LIbrary at 494 Willis Ave. at 11 a.m. in the library for children 1-3 years old.

 

Friday, Aug. 15

What Matters To You

This men’s community group will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Parkville Library at 10 Campbell St. in New Hyde Park. Open to men 60 and over, discuss topics of related interest about living in the community.

 

Music Night

Eleanor Rigby’s at 133 Mineola Blvd. will host the band, Acoustically Correct, at 9 p.m.

 

Aqua Fitness, Exercise Program

Enjoy an aqua fitness and exercise program at Martin Reid Pool between Broadway and Urban avenues in Westbury from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

 

Saturday, Aug. 16

Training And Bootcamp Exercise

Class sessions are already underway at Gerry Pond Park and Michael J. Tully Park on Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 10 a.m. Single classes are available at a cost of $25 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Classes can also be purchased in bulk at a discounted rate, 10 classes for residents at the cost of $200 and $240 for non-residents.

 

Personal Training classes will be offered at Michael J. Tully Park by appointment only. There will be two options available. The 50-minute session will cost $80, and be offered at a discounted rate of 10 sessions for $750. There will also be a 30-minute session available at a cost of $50 and at a discounted rate of 10 sessions for $450. Participants are asked to call within 24 hours to cancel your appointment to avoid being charged.

 

Sunday, Aug. 17

Irish Society Picnic

The Irish American Society 1st Annual Picnic will be held in Eisenhower Park from 1 to 6 p.m.

 

Hot dogs, hamburgers, london broil, corn on the cob will be available as well as beer and soda with games and music. It’s $15 individual, $10 child or student. Family rate is $40. For more information, call 516-746-9392.

 

Kidstock

The Town of North Hempstead will hold Kidstock, an outdoor family festival featuring musical entertainment that kids and parent from 2 to 6 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park at 175 W. Shore Rd. in Port Washington. Parking fees apply.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 19

Street Fair Auditions

The Mineola Street Fair Committee will hold auditions for talent/musical acts at Plum Tomatoes Pizzeria at 228 Old Country Rd. in Mineola from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Friday, Aug. 22

Check Your Medications

The Town of North Hempstead’s Project Independence will hold a “Brown Bag Check Your Medications” seminar from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Yes We Can Community Center at 141 Garden St. in Westbury. Carmela Avena-Woods, an assistant clinical professor at St. John’s University, will discuss what your meds do, what the side effects are, among other topics. Registration is required. Call 311 or 869-6311 to sign-up.


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


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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