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.
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.
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd. Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”
Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.
“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said. “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”
The Third Precinct declined to comment.
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.