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, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.