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, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.