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, 26 July 2014 00:00
The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”
Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.