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MHS Seniors Assist Volcano Victims

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.”


News

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.

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.


Sports

 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.”

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. 


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