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, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.