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
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.