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Winter Concert Rocks Mineola High School

Singers and musicians from Mineola High School enthralled the crowd at the school auditorium on Monday, Dec. 16 during the annual winter concert. Friends, families and students packed the concert hall to watch, listen, appreciate and support the students as they shared their talent on stage. 

 

After a welcome address by Joe Owens, acting supervisor of fine and performing arts, there were orchestra, chorus and band performances by the eighth-grade musicians and singers. The orchestra was under the direction of Sarah La Sorsa, chorus conducted by Meg

Messina and band directed by Marc Ratner. More than 150 students performed Christmas carols and holiday tunes. “The Dynamics,” directed by Meg Messina, entertained the audience by singing “Everyday People” and “Home.”

 

The ninth and 10th-grade orchestra directed by Tracy Campbell, performed Meyer’s “Beethoven, Inc.,” along with a variation on a well-known “Sea Chanty” and “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24.”

 

The Music Exploration Ensemble directed by Marc Ratner wowed the audience, followed by the concert band under the direction of Don Carreras. Freshman and sophomores played “El Alamein,” by John Edmondson.

 

“Deck the Halls” and “China Sea Voyage,” integrated three folk songs from countries bordering the South China Sea, Thailand and Indonesia, by Gene Milford. The big band played “Come Fly with Me” and concluded on a festive note with sing-along “Good Time.”

 

The capacity crowd applauded after each performance and at the end were up on their feet clapping and cheering.

 

“For every concert I like to do one classical piece, one popular piece, and one holiday piece to make it a well rounded genre,” Campbell said. “The goal of the concert is really to entertain the community with the students’ talents and show them how hard they’ve worked for the past three months.”

 

Julianne Ortiz, a violist in the orchestra, really enjoyed the selections for this year’s winter concert. “‘Carol of the Bells’ is my favorite song by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, so performing it for family and friends is an experience I’ll cherish,” she said.


News

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner last week stood fast against paying an “excessive” water bill from neighboring village and supplier Williston Park, following a loss in a second round of legal battles.

 

Tanner said Williston Park sent East Williston a bill for $600,000 last week based on water rate increases East Williston refused to pay while pursuing two lawsuits that contested the rate hikes.

 

Williston Park is seeking $300,000 in interest and penalties following a recent state Appellate Court decision upholding the second of two water rate increases imposed on East Williston. Tanner said East

Williston will only pay approximately $250,000 of the $300,000  Williston Park seeking to recover in unpaid fees based on the two increases.

A lawsuit brought by O’Carroll’s Recovery Room Bar and Grill owner Jeremiah O’Carroll against the Village of Mineola was settled recently. However, Mineola prevailed in its decision on a December 2013 application from O’Carroll to open a second business. He challenged the board of trustees’ denial of his request to open a health food store/shake shop next door to his business.

 

“We settled it by him accepting the original decision,” village attorney John Spellman said. “The restaurant is going to be all one [space]. The agreement said he has to have a permanent opening between the two buildings and a permanent opening between the front space and back space. It’s all the circulation of one business.”


Sports

Mineola runners PJ Diskin, Kaitlin Phelps, and Yuri Karasz were award winners in the Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9.

The Mineola 9U Hurricanes recently completed its summer baseball season as the NJBL 9U Central Division Champions, finishing 10-2-1 on the year and secured a second place spot entering the playoffs.

The Hurricanes beat the North Shore Spartans for the fourth time this season in a playoff win in walk-off fashion as they came from behind to win 4-3 earning the Hurricanes a berth into the championship series. 


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