Written by Colleen Maidhof Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Michael Cahill, 70, is one of the many seniors at Hofstra University’s Personal Enrichment in Retirement (PEIR) program, who are proving college doesn’t have an age limit. The PEIR program provides opportunities for intellectual stimulation, cultural
enrichment, and personal growth for retirees or semiretired individuals 55 years or older.
Cahill heard about PEIR from his daughter, who worked at Hofstra University, a few years before he retired. He spent his career as a program manager before 2010. Cahill knew that stimulating his mind and meeting new people was something that he wanted to do, so he joined.
Now, Cahill lectures others in the program.
“I love learning something new from each lecture, and I love hearing the different viewpoints of other members,” said Cahill. “It’s a very rewarding experience. I also love going home and researching a subject for a presentation that I’m doing, and then sharing my studies with others.”
When Cahill is attending lectures, he often incorporates his technical knowledge by managing the audio and visual services for those presenters.
Giving lectures and presentations about different subjects is one of Cahill’s favorite aspects of the program.
“I went to school for engineering. You don’t pay much attention to other subjects like literature and the arts in that area of study, so I can enjoy them now,” said Cahill.
One of Cahill’s first presentations detailed a topic he wanted to dig in to.
“When I first started, I had been working in Turkey, and when you go to Turkey you see statues of someone called Ataturk, so I decided to do my first presentation on who he was,” Cahill said. “It turned out everyone else also found his story fascinating too.”
Meeting new people and continuing to learn is something that Cahill plans on doing for quite a while.
“I love hearing what these fascinating people have to say. It is great. I will be at PEIR as long as I can locomote and talk.”
To schedule a visit, call Bradley Kaye at 516-463-4824. Visit www.hofstra.edu/academics/ce/lifelonglearning/peir
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.