Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00
Gerard DeAngelis of Troop 200 in Williston Park achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on May 15. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. Earning the Eagle Scout award is no easy feat: Of the more than 115 million boys who have participated in Scouting, less than 4 percent of all scouts will achieve this rank. In 2012, the average age of a boy earning the rank was age 17.
DeAngelis, 13, has been in scouting since he was 7 years old, first in Cub Scouts at Saint Peter’s of Alcantara School and later bridging to Troop 241 in Port Washington. After one year with Troop 241, DeAngelis wanted share his scouting experience with his two cousins (both Eagle Scoutd) and switched to their troop in Troop 2300.
To achieve the rank of Eagle, an extensive service project is required. The scout must plan, organize, lead and manage all aspects of this project.
DeAngelis’ project was to build an information kiosk and bench for the new Bee Exhibit at the Sands Point Preserve. Along with Jean Marie Posner of the Sands Point Preserve, DeAngelis wanted to provide a place for the preserve to display information about the bee’s activities during each season. In addition, they wanted a place for people to sit and watch the bees.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd. Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”
Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.
“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said. “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”
The Third Precinct declined to comment.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
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.