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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

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


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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