Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:36
Beacon Church is hosting its first annual DADfest, a free event open to everyone, on Sunday, June 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 65 East Williston Ave. in East Williston.
The Father’s Day event will have fun activities, including Dad Wars, jousting, wrestling suits, a football toss, a dunk tank, sports and games and a family photo booth. There will be a Fire and Ice Show by Mad Science of Long Island for kids at 1 p.m. Official food vendors include New Hyde Park eateries Paulie’s Ices, and Fire House BBQ, as well as Manorville’s Hot Diggity Dog Truck.
Raffle prizes will include deep tissue sport massages from a certified Licensed Massage Therapist, dinner for two at Westbury Manor, admission tickets to Splish Splash theme park, a certificate to Umberto’s Pizzeria and Restaurant in New Hyde Park and apparel from Manhattan to Montauk in East Quogue. The event will also be featuring a Best BBQ competition (anyone can enter at visitbeacon.com) with prizes including New York Yankees tickets, “A Week’s Worth of Polos” (worth approx. $500) donated by Brooks Brothers in Manhasset, and fishing excursions on the Superhawk Party Boat in Point Lookout.
The BBQ judging will begin at 1 p.m. Judges will include Donna Drake, host of Long Island’s Live It Up, Joan Gallo, owner of Biscuits and Barbeque in Mineola, and Matthew Broder, a former executive chef and 20-year veteran of the food industry.
“In modern-day life, fathers are under incredible pressure and face mounting burdens in leading families, advancing in their careers and doing good and noble things in their community. Beacon wants to celebrate and equip these fathers with the tools they need to be the “real men” of our community,” said Pastor Robert Kelly of Beacon Church.
Proceeds and donations from the event will benefit the nonprofit organization International Justice Mission, which fights human trafficking.
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.