Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
Lights, Camera, fashion. Mineola High School presented its annual Junior Prom Fashion Show at the school auditorium on Thursday, April 10. The stage was transformed into a catwalk to rival that of Fashion Week in New York City.
The event featured dazzling ladies and dashing gentleman from Mineola’s Class of 2015. Forty-one models showed off prom ensembles in style. The girls displayed a selection of prom dresses from long and super glam gowns, to flirty dresses in an amazing selection of hues of soft pastels and bright colors. The guys dressed to impress in tuxedos and the look was cool and contemporary.
“The success of the Junior’s Prom Fashion Show is a testament to the amazing student body at Mineola High School,” class advisor Bette Sloane said. “The community came out to support their fundraising efforts and we had a fabulous fashion show in the process.”
The fashion show was produced in collaboration with local businesses in preparation for prom season. Flaunting upcoming trends, the girls in strapless ball gowns to one-of-a-kind breathtaking dresses from Estelle’s Dressy Dresses were escorted by junior and senior males wearing stylish tuxedos by Foresto Tuxedo.
The models didn’t just simply walk the runway, various light-hearted poses were struck throughout the performance including the popular Charlie’s Angels pose, and of course, the ever present ear-to-ear grin.
“Everyone had a great time, we raised over $4,000 to help fund our prom,” said Class President Elizabeth Brown. “There was a lot of hard work put into it and it was great seeing our efforts pay off.”
There was a brief pause in the spectacle when the class officers, Brown, Rebecca Katinas, Dom Paggi and Ryan Eccher came out onto the stage, to hand over flower bouquets to Sue Sabatini and Bette Sloane, acknowledging the contribution of the junior class advisors in organizing the event.
“The show wouldn’t have been possible without [Sue] and [Bette],” said Junior Vice President Katinas. “Both of them are amazing and we can’t thank them enough.”
Along with rocking music and an enthusiastic crowd, there were more than a dozen raffles that were given out. Baskets ranged from seniors prom bids, to restaurant gift cards, to vouchers for a free haircut.
The show had a beneficial relationship for both the junior and senior classes. The juniors took to the stage modeling tuxedos, prom gowns and selling raffles in order to help raise money for their own prom while the seniors were able to buy those raffle tickets with the hopes of winning a ticket to their own prom this year.
“The raffles are a great way to attract people to come,” said Lauren Jenkins, who won a $55 iTunes gift card. “There’s nothing more exciting than sitting in the audience hoping to win.”
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.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
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.