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.”
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
The Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.
The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.
“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
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.