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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

The Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.

The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.

 

“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com