Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Mineola High School students in the Advanced Placement United States History program, organized “MINNeola Macaroni—Making a Difference” Night in the MHS cafeteria on Thursday, April 3. As part of a service learning project designed to focus on fighting hunger on Long Island, the fundraiser benefited the Mary Brennan INN and Mineola community food pantries. The event raised $3,000.
“Hunger is pervasive in Long Island,” said Nancy Regan, a social studies teacher and project coordinator.
It is estimated that one in ten Long Islanders are unsure of where their next meal is coming from, INN reps say. The aim of Mary Brennan INN, the largest soup kitchen on Long Island, is to serve hungry and homeless Long Islanders.
“This is the most inspiring example of how young people can motivate a community to work together to help those in need,” INN Director Jean Kelly said. “It’s a beautiful expression of the love we feel for each other.”
They serve more than 400 hot lunches a day and operate a large food pantry.
“It’s amazing how a community can unite to help others who need it. It’s what makes Mineola so special in my opinion,”said junior Sophia Villa, a junior of Mineola High School.
Now in its third year, Macaroni Night was attended by people from all walks of life. They came to enjoy the food, entertain themselves and have a good time.
“[The INN is] a classic example of how to unite the community to overcome the challenge of hunger and homelessness,” Regan added.
There was tasty homemade pasta, scrumptious breads, a variety of salads, refreshing drinks and a selection of desserts to please any sweet tooth. The students, together with the faculty volunteers, cooked and served the dinner.
“We did not buy any of the food that was served tonight. It was all donated by students, faculty and staff members,” Regan mentioned.
Along with a plentiful dinner, a handful of members from the school’s a cappella group put on a performance with two African freedom numbers, “Freedom is coming” and “Singabahambayo.” Attendees were encouraged to participate in mini service projects, stationed at the back of the cafeteria, where cheese sandwiches and placemats were being made for the INN.
While manning the dessert counter, junior Dhiviya Samuel said, “the fact that so many people go hungry on a daily basis is truly heartbreaking. I feel like today I made some kind of difference, and I hope I can continue on doing so.”
Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00
A bunch of fruit in a bowl may not be that exciting to look at, that is unless you’re looking at them from Nancy Colleary’s point of view. Through her still life paintings, the she explores shadows, colors and light to make the most ordinary objects appear beautiful.
From her in-home studio, she continues to hold classes and work on her own projects, which includes paintings that are on display at Walk Street in Garden City and Chef’s Corner in Mineola.
Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00
Former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman is set for a new job, as a financial consultant to the Town of North Hempstead. Weitzman, who served as Nassau County comptroller for two terms from 2001 to 2008, told the Anton Newspapers that he will concentrate on preparing the town’s 2015 budget.
Weitzman’s contract will then be retroactive to Aug. 26 after its town boad approval. The draft of the budget is due by Sept. 28.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Michael Patalano of Andrews Road was named one two captains on the Kellenberg Memorial High School varsity football team recently. He played for the Mineola Chiefs for five years, which prepared him for football at the next level. He has three younger sisters. Two of them play sports for the Mineola Mustangs.