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, 20 September 2014 00:00
Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.
“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.
Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.
The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.
“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.