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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

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


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