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Wheatley Shines In Italian Poetry

 Two Wheatley students won awards in this year’s Italian Poetry Contest recently held at SUNY Old Westbury. 

 

Freshman Rene Venable of Mineola was awarded second place in the Level 2 category for her recitation of “Portami il Girasole” by Eugenio Montale.  Senior Caitlin Calio was awarded Honorable Mention for her recitation of Dante’s L’Inferno Canto V in Level 5.

 

The annual event is sponsored by the Long Island Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Italian.

 

“I am pleased that our students always accept the challenge and am so proud of their performance this year,” Wheatley’s Italian teacher Susan Vasselman stated. “We received so many compliments on our recitations from the other competitors and their teachers.”

 

The 2014 event was extremely competitive, with 25 schools and more than  300 students participating. Students are rated on their interpretation of the works, poise, pronunciation and intonation. 

 

Joan Anderson, chairperson of the foreign language department in the East Williston School District added her praise: “Our Italian program is always well represented with so many of our students participating. We are so proud of the public recognition they have received.”

 

Mineola residents Alana Osroff, Daniel Singh, Jade Marcus and Rachel Tomei also presented at the event, along with Wheatley schoolmates Jason Manzano, Ryan Schnur, Eva Suppa, Brittany Haber, Morgan Misk and Julia Haghighi. 

Bravissimo a tutti! 

News

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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