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Junior Prom Fashion Show Wows Mineola High

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.”

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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