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Mulan Jr. Coming To Mineola High School

The Mineola High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe 276 will present Disney’s Mulan Jr. on Friday. May 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. In Asia, the story of Mulan is as familiar as Cinderella is in the United States. Mulan made its film debut in 1998 and was based on the story Fa Mulan by Robert D. San Souci.  

 

Mineola High School’s eighth- and ninth-graders will present the story, in which the Fa family ancestors take you back to ancient China where Mulan (Erin Talty) is to meet the Matchmaker (Ana Pereira) and bring “Honor to Us All.” A nervous Mulan ruins the ceremony. During this time, Shan-Yu (Jameson Grenados) and the Huns are preparing to attack China.

 

Mushu (Raquel Galan), the funny sidekick sent by the Ancestors, watches over Mulan as she runs away and joins the army disguised as a boy in her father’s armor. Little does she know that meeting Captain Shang (Zachary Sloan), and enduring the events to follow, will change history.  

 

“The drama department has gone to great lengths to create a production that looks as rich as its setting,” said Joseph Owens, acting supervisor of fine and performing arts in Mineola. “The musical numbers, choreography, gorgeous set and beautiful costumes will immediately draw the audience into the culture of ancient China.”

 

Tickets are $9 in advance by calling the fine arts office at 516-237-2625 or $10 at the door in Mineola High School at 10 Armstrong Rd. in Garden City Park. Tickets for children 10 and under are $5.


News

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.

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.


Sports

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.”

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.


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International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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