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Role Models

Everyone has role models. People to look up to. Someone you  respect, admire and  aspire to be like in some way. For Mineola High School junior Kelly Behan, her role model is her brother, Tom.

 

“I have always looked up to my brother growing up,” she said. “He is hardworking, motivated in sports, dedicated in school, while still managing to have a social life. He had an enjoyable and memorable high school experience and continues to succeed in college. I hope that one day, I can be as successful as him.”

 

Michelle Rodrigues, a Mineola sophomore, took the traditional approach of choosing her role mode: one of her parents.

 

“My mom, because she loves me for everything I do even if she is against it,” Rodrigues said. “She teaches me to be myself and not to let anyone tell me otherwise.”

 

Role models are endowed with qualities that we would like to have and those who have influenced us in a way that makes us want to be better people. Missy Dunlop, a junior, said, “I admire so many people, however my biggest source of inspiration is my mother.

She believes in every dream I have, and every day encourages me to keep on going. Whether she is watching from the sidelines or is in the audience, she is always cheering my name and giving me a standing ovation. She’s taught me what love and family values truly are.”

 

Role models live their values in the world. They are focused on helping others. They like to help out others with their time and talent. They inspire by their behavior and action.

 

Sophomore Mackenzie Schnaufer looks to the older generation.

 

“I really admire and look up to my grandparents,” she said. “They are my role models because they took advantage of all opportunities that came along their way. They never think twice when it comes to giving back to people that need help. They are the best people

to be around.”

 

As children age, an inspiring leader, a popular artiste, an accomplished sports figure or other celebrity personalities can sometimes replace or add to the father, mother, grandparents as a primary figure of role model. The life stories of extraordinary achievers can at times be a source of courage, strength and inspiration.

 

Junior Emily Abrams uses one prominent singer as a role model. 

 

“Taylor Swift has always been my role model,” Abrams said. “People only see her for the guys she dates, but they don’t see the other side of her. She inspires me in how she followed her dream and over the years, she has stayed true to her morals and always presents herself in a dignified manner.”


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