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Troop 200 Honors Eagle Scout

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.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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