Written by Mineola American Staff Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00
Mineola’s Boy Scout Troop 45 will name five of its Scouts attaining the group’s highest ranking, Eagle Scout, on Friday, May 9 at the First Presybyterian Church in Mineola at 7:30 p.m.
Troop 45 will honor Michael Beatty, Daniel Gavin, Douglas Llanes, Dylan Perro and Christopher Strauss.
Beatty has held numerous positions within the troop: Assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, troop guide. He won 45’s Klondike Derby for four consecutive years (as a younger Scout and member of leadership corps) and as a younger Scout, achieving Honor Patrol for two years.
Currently, Beatty is attending Nassau Community College in hopes of becoming an NYPD officer.
His Eagle Scout project consisted of painting and repairing of the basement of First Presbyterian. Beatty managed to obtain supplies through donations from a local Sherwin Williams store and coordinated the efforts of many Scouts and volunteers over three days to fully paint the entire basement.
“Its my greatest achievement and an honor to be in such an elite group,” said Beatty. “Only 4 percent of people even reach this point so to me it’s an amazing feeling”
This project was special to Beatty because the basement is used by various groups in the community and is home to Troop 45.
Gavin is the second and final of the Gavin brothers to have reached the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 45. He has served as den chief, scribe, patrol leader, instructor, and as an assistant senior patrol leader.
Gavin was the patrol leader of the Crusader Patrol, which won the Honor Patrol of the Year Award for 2010. He was also Scout of the Year in 2010.
Gavin was a member of the 2012 Philmont Crew and served as crew leader for the 2013 Northern Tier Crew. Gavin plans to pursue a degree in political science and hopes to become an attorney.
”It’s a sense of accomplishment in knowing that I was able to make a difference in my community,” he said.
For his Eagle Scout project, Gavin established a new vegetable garden on the grounds of the St. Ann’s Novitiate, the home of the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Queens Village. He supervised the demolition of a cement wall which divided the garden and oversaw the re-soiling and planting of new vegetables in the revived garden.
Llanes is one of two Eagle Scouts in the Llanes family. His older brother Perry earned the rank of Eagle in 2010. While in Troop 45, Doug held many positions; patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, den chief, and troop guide. Of all these positions, Llanes’ favorite was troop guide. It was a leadership position, but not in the same sense as a patrol leader where he had to watch over everything the Scouts did, but it allowed him to teach all of them the skills he learned and how they applied to his Scouting career.
“Earning the rank of Eagle is one of my proudest accomplishments,” he said “I know the skills I learned, the varied experience I gained and the good friends I made in Scouting will last a lifetime.”
Llanes’ patrol won Honor Patrol of the Week during the 2008 summer camp. He has also been awarded the conservation award. Llanes’ favorite memory of scouting is his trip to Philmont, NM. He trekked over 130 miles and climbed 18,000 feet into the air.
“Earning the rank of Eagle is one of my proudest accomplishments,” he said. “I know the skills I learned and the good friends I made will last a lifetime.”
For his Eagle Project, Llanes reconstructed the lighting loft at Mineola High School. He removed unused clothing and hazardous debris, and installed racks and shelving units onto the walls.
Llanes chose this project because some of his favorite times in high school were spent working in the lighting loft during the drama productions. After graduating from Mineola, he plans to earn a degree that will help him pursue a career in the music industry.
Dylan has held numerous positions within the troop: assistant patrol leader, scribe, four-time patrol leader, troop guide, crew leader and junior assistant scoutmaster. Perro was also crew leader of nine other Scouts for the Philmont high adventure trek in 2012. Currently, Perro is attending
Nassau Community College in hopes of becoming an NYPD cop or FDNY firefighter.
“It is truly an honor to join the ranks of the few to make this great achievement, said Perro. “Along my journey to Eagle Scout, I have made some of my best friends and had the opportunity to experience great things, becoming an Eagle Scout has been life changing.”
Perro’s Eagle Project consisted of building the Memorial Garden in front of the Williston Park Fire Department, which memorializes all fallen firefighters. As an active volunteer member of the Williston Park Fire Department, Perro obtained a donation of a 6-foot tall bronze statue, known as
“Everyday a Hero,” which is the centerpiece of the garden. Bushes and plants were planted around the statue along with the brickwork. The dedication ceremony was held on Memorial Day of 2012. Perro also procured a donation of fire gear and a rack for the Williston Park Junior Firefighters.
Scouting in Strauss’ family dates back 70 years with his great-grandfather, through his father, Scott. Both his father (1981) and brother Bryan (2009) are Eagle Scouts in Troop 45. Both remain assistant Scoutmasters and his mother, Pat, is troop secretary.
Christopher has held troop quartermaster, troop librarian, assistant patrol leader, three-year assistant senior patrol leader and junior assistant Scoutmaster. He is a former two-year lieutenant and captain of the Mineola Junior Fire Department. Strauss attends John Jay College of Criminal Justice, studying security management.
“Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is a lifetime milestone,” Strauss said. “I worked hard for years to get it and with the help of my family, friends and fellow scouts I accomplished my goal. It feels great! I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life as an Eagle Scout.”
For his Eagle Scout Project, Strauss led a team that built and installed more than 30 bat house (each houses 100 bats per house) throughout the Incorporated Village of Mineola to provide a safe haven for bats to live in. This in turn helps increase the bat population.
Bats eat hundreds of insects a night. This reduces the need for harmful pesticides and works towards reducing insect bites and the possibility of contracting West Nile virus.
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
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.