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College Is A Cinch For Mineola Man

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


News

The Mineola School District Board of Education assessed the district’s performance in recent New York State assessment and Regents testing; performance that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael

Nagler noted was in need of improvement at a July 24 board meeting.

 

Nagler addressed issues that students have been encountering with the recently-mandated state assessments, noting the difference in effectiveness between what he called “formative testing,” or testing on a regular basis, and “summative testing,” which is done annually, typically at the end of the school year.

Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.

 

The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.

 

Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Mineola Hurricanes 10U offense was too much for L.I. Saints in 14-5 rout on Thursday July 17, at Willis Avenue Field in Mineola. With 11 runs in the first three innings, The Hurricanes left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

 

An RBI triple by Kevin Pusey, a steal of home by Kevin Pusey, and an RBI single by James Raziano during the first inning and an RBI single by Jack Mackay, a three-run triple by T.J. McManus put runs on the board early. 


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