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Mineola Golden Age Club Happenings

April and May were especially lively and active for the Golden Age Club. Program chairperson Mary Duffy arranged for a return visit from Eranga and Prianga, from Sri Lanka, who are considered “International Singers.” This friendly couple entertained members with songs from Russia, Israel, Greece, and Jamaica. Their rendition of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “Una Paloma Blanca” had Golden Agers singing and moving, as did “I Will Survive” and songs by Abba.

 

The date for “Dancing With the Golden Oldies”, much awaited, finally arrived.  Hostess, “Lulu Libbey”, none other than President Lillian Barnola, kept things moving as judges “Loose Lucy”, “Lord Thomas”, and “Senora Chiquita Banana Sunday” rated the contestants.  Each dance was so imaginatively choreographed that it was difficult to choose a winner to award “The Mirror Egg” to.  Accordion player, “Joe Garage”, accompanied the dancers and provided background music. Golden Agers agreed that this program was great fun and a great hit.

 

On a quieter note, the club took a musical trip down memory lane, thanks to a program provided by Jack Schneer.  His topic was the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  Through clips of interviews with them, insight was gained into their creative process.  “The King and I”, “The Sound of Music”, “South Pacific” and “Oklahoma” are but a few of their hits.  The beautiful music from their plays and films had everyone reminiscing and they softly hummed and sang along with the stars.

 

With the coming of warmer weather, it’s hard to believe that so much of the Golden Age year has passed.  However, there are still a few exciting events as well as the spring luncheon to look forward to. The club meets every Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mineola Community Center at 155 Washington Ave.


News

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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