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New Resolutions, New Resolve

The New Year has always been a time for reminiscing, and more importantly, looking forward to the year to come; to review priorities and make fresh commitment. The chance to start anew. It’s a time to reflect on the changes you want, or perhaps need, to make,

and pledge to follow through on those changes. 

 

New Year resolutions are common among the faculty and students of Mineola High School. Pratibha Anand, a sophomore at the school, says her New Year’s resolution is take a self-defense class: “By September, I would like to complete a course in it.” Patricia

Fernandes, another sophomore, has a more intricate goal in mind. She said “I would love to go throughout the entire year without any regrets.”

 

Seniors Sabrina Borges and Liana Roveda have resolved to live healthy in the upcoming year. “My resolution for 2014 is to actually start eating better and focus more on my health. No more junk food,” says Borges, laughing. “I want to go to the gym more and gain a greater sense of independence,” adds Roveda.

 

While resolutions give certain individuals a goal to strive for, others may not believe in them. For Dr. Nicole Moriarty, assistant principal of Mineola High School, New Year’s resolutions are moot.

 

“I do not have a New Year’s resolution,” she said. “Every year people set one in an attempt to extinguish negative life choices by adopting positive life choices. For many people, they choose more than one goal. The combination of these factors sets people up for failure. It is impossible to accomplish too many life changes at once and human willpower is not very strong to begin with.”

 

For Moriarty, choices and behavior change are what drive her to achieve certain goals.

 

“Instead I try to tackle my life changes throughout the year by making positive life choices every day, setting specific goals, and changing my behavior to attain those goals,” she said. “I am not setting a goal to lose weight on Jan 1. What I have chosen to do is to increase my workouts from three days a week to five and to continue to eat healthy foods. I continue to physically challenge myself while consuming a proper diet.”

 

Some take the role of creating personal goals for the upcoming year very seriously, while others believe that the types of promises make one run the gamut.

 

“Change can happen at any time to anyone, they just have to take that first step,” says sophomore Julianne Ortiz. “I don’t make radical New Years resolutions like many others do. I believe making one is like making yourself a pie-crust promise. Easily made, easily broken.”

 

Sophomore Daniela Borges doesn’t see the New Year as a time of change as much as others do. “Resolving to change something on the date of Jan. 1 won’t be any different if they had done the same thing on March 3,” says Borges.

 

Freshman Kaylin Wood agrees. “I think making resolutions on New Year’s is completely overrated; in fact most people don’t even abide by their promises,” says Wood.

 

According to Forbes, a recent study conducted by the University of Scranton suggests that a mere 8 percent of Americans out of the 40 percent that do make resolutions, achieve them.

 

That statistic doesn’t deter students like junior Lauren Behan.

 

“My New Year’s resolution is to buckle down on my studies. I’m not as studious as I could be, but I know if I try harder and open a book, I can achieve anything I want,” says Behan. “It’s time that I get my act together and prepare for my future.”

 

English teacher Drew Smith’s resolution is, “I want to make a conscious effort to be more ‘in the moment’ when I am at home with my family. May seem like a small thing, but it is a significant one for me.”


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

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