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A Distinguished Teacher

The Harvard Club of Long Island named Mineola High School Eileen Burke a Distinguished Teacher of 2013 on April 7.  

 

Burke has been teaching English for 34 years, 25 of which have been at Mineola. She received her BA in English from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and her masters in reading from NYU.

 

Burke “particularly likes teaching juniors and seniors,” and feels a “responsibility to help them tell their story to college admissions officers.” For the past nine years, Burke has been co-director of the Falk-Sysak Student Service at the high school, the umbrella for the school’s community service and service learning programs since 2004.

 

“Our awards recognize people who transform the future,” explained Dr. Judith Esterquest, a board member of the Long Island Harvard Club. 

 

Former Mineola student Luke Escobar nominated Burke. He will graduate from Harvard College in May 2015.

 

Escobar said Burke is great at “instilling the values of hard work and service in all her students. Ms. Burke spends countless hours every fall semester going over students’ college essays and is an invaluable resource to students applying to colleges.  She is also a phenomenal English teacher.”

 

Edward Escobar, Principal of Mineola High School and Luke’s father, added, “Ms. Burke is the epitome of an educator - one who cares about her students, is passionate about her subject and one who believes in the importance of giving back to the community.”

 

 “Ms. Burke shows true compassion, dedication and commitment to service learning,” District Superintendent Michael Nagler said. “We are proud of her accomplishments and join the Harvard club in recognizing her as a distinguished educator.”

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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