Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00
It was a heartrending moment for Mineola High School seniors Jasmine Muchlis and Jinal Patel when they saw the images of families devastated by a volcano that erupted in Indonesia this past February. Tens of thousands of people were forced out of their homes, and at least three people were killed.
For Muchlis, it was personal loss, as she knew one of the victims. The duo had concerns for the casualties. They decided to make it part of their senior project to help raise money for the victims; the two raised $400.
After much brainstorming, they created a “Friendship Photo Booth.” The idea was simple: $2 per person for two photo shoots of friends.
“We wanted to do something different that no one in school had done before and also since we love art and craft,” Muchlis said.
With assistance from the school custodians, Muchlis and Patel worked in the activity room making all the props, frames and other accessories for the project.
“We took two different pictures of the friends together and then combined the photos. Each got a copy of the photo,” she said.
For two days, students queued up to take pictures and support the cause.
“We took over 300 pictures and made it into a collage,” Patel said. “In financial terms, it means a lot for the victims in Indonesia. With $1, we can feed about three people with a really good meal. The money was handed over to the Indonesian Consulate New York and Saung Budaya Indonesia Organization for the victims.”
“It was a gratifying experience. Besides being for a good cause and helping the victims this project was special for us friends too,” Muchlis stated. “This is our last year together in high school. Jinal and myself wanted to do something memorable. Memories, like this, we will cherish for a lifetime.”
Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00
A few months ago, while returning to my car after attending a wake, I was surprised to catch a glimpse of something that immediately brought me back to my elementary school days. Directly in front of me stood a portion of the original concrete wall that had surrounded my alma mater.
In 1922, Corpus Christi Church purchased the Robert Graves estate on Searing Avenue and transformed its building into a parish school. It was a beautiful structure of Spanish-style architecture surrounded by the concrete wall, sporting huge ornate iron gates.
Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner last week stood fast against paying an “excessive” water bill from neighboring village and supplier Williston Park, following a loss in a second round of legal battles.
Tanner said Williston Park sent East Williston a bill for $600,000 last week based on water rate increases East Williston refused to pay while pursuing two lawsuits that contested the rate hikes.
Williston Park is seeking $300,000 in interest and penalties following a recent state Appellate Court decision upholding the second of two water rate increases imposed on East Williston. Tanner said East
Williston will only pay approximately $250,000 of the $300,000 Williston Park seeking to recover in unpaid fees based on the two increases.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Mineola runners PJ Diskin, Kaitlin Phelps, and Yuri Karasz were award winners in the Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
The Mineola 9U Hurricanes recently completed its summer baseball season as the NJBL 9U Central Division Champions, finishing 10-2-1 on the year and secured a second place spot entering the playoffs.
The Hurricanes beat the North Shore Spartans for the fourth time this season in a playoff win in walk-off fashion as they came from behind to win 4-3 earning the Hurricanes a berth into the championship series.