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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

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



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