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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

Owners of five businesses razed by a major fire last month have until Aug. 27 to fill in open ground or present a plan of action, Village of Williston Park reps announced last week.

“We’re moving forward and its going to be a while before things get back to normal,” Mayor Paul Ehrbar said. “I want to compliment our firemen and the surrounding communities who provided additional fire support.”

Village Attorney James A. Bradley revealed property owners had 10 days to reply to orders issued by village Building Inspector Kerry Collins on Aug. 13. If they don’t, Williston Park can convene a special hearing to determine whether the board should issue an order to correct any deficiencies found on the property.

Mill Creek Residential, a multifamily apartment developer, announced last week that Hudson House, an age and income exclusive 36-apartment community, located at 104 Front St. in Mineola is open for occupancy. Senior affordable homes are eligible for applicants 55 years of age or older and households earning at or below 80 percent of the area median income for Nassau and Suffolk counties, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Hudson House has received 16 applications so far, according to Mill Creek Vice President Jamie Stover.


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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