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School Buzz

Student Standouts

Missy Dunlop, 16

A bundle of talent and a musical background to be reckoned with, Missy Dunlop of Mineola High School isn’t just like anyone walking down a hallway. Thrust into the spotlight as soon as she could walk, Dunlop’s been performing ever since. On her list of the many plays she’s been involved in over the years are famous hits such as In the Heights, Oklahoma, and Almost, Maine.

Besides performing in shows, she plays on the girls varsity soccer team, treble choir, jazz ensemble, Italian club, the student service center as well as the a cappella group. “Last year, our group got asked to audition for America’s Got Talent and by far it was one of the most amazing experiences ever,” Dunlop said.

Dunlop feels the most rewarding thing is whenever she makes the high honor roll. “I feel like it proves to me that with all the busy things I do in my life, I am still capable of putting my education as a number one priority,” she says.

Andrew Pereira, 16

Andrew Pereira of Mineola High School makes it a point to not only achieve goals on the soccer field, but in every aspect of his life.

An avid member of the Student Service Center, Athletes Helping Athletes and Students Against Drunk Driving, Pereira also serves as the Student Organization Treasurer. A tri-athlete for three years now, soccer has still managed to top his list of favorite activities, earning him the George Gales Award in middle school. The award is presented to an athlete who excels at being not only sports minded but is scholarly and spirited as well.

Pereira feels that an active lifestyle, whether it be sports, arts or academics, is key to development. He plans to major in physical therapy and continue his soccer career in college.

“Definitely practice as much as you can,” he said. “Be confident in what you do and have fun with it.”

Upcoming Events

Family Bingo Night

Mineola Middle School’s Family Bingo Night will take place Oct. 18  from 7 to 9 p.m.

Newsday Marching Band Festival

The Mineola High School Marching Band will take part in Hofstra University 51st Annual Newsday Marching Band Festival on Oct. 24, which features bands from across Nassau County. Advance tickets are $8 and available through any participating school. Tickets are also available at the gate for $10. Children 10 years old and younger are free.

Family Quilt Night

The Hampton Street School will open its doors to families wanting to participate in Quilt Night on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

Halloween Parades

The Hampton Street and Jackson Avenue schools Halloween parades will kick off on Oct. 31 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at each school, respectively.

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



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