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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

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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