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DADfest June 15 In East Williston

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.

News

Owners of five businesses razed by a major fire last month have until Aug. 27 to fill in open ground or present a plan of action, Village of Williston Park reps announced last week.

“We’re moving forward and its going to be a while before things get back to normal,” Mayor Paul Ehrbar said. “I want to compliment our firemen and the surrounding communities who provided additional fire support.”

Village Attorney James A. Bradley revealed property owners had 10 days to reply to orders issued by village Building Inspector Kerry Collins on Aug. 13. If they don’t, Williston Park can convene a special hearing to determine whether the board should issue an order to correct any deficiencies found on the property.

Mill Creek Residential, a multifamily apartment developer, announced last week that Hudson House, an age and income exclusive 36-apartment community, located at 104 Front St. in Mineola is open for occupancy. Senior affordable homes are eligible for applicants 55 years of age or older and households earning at or below 80 percent of the area median income for Nassau and Suffolk counties, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Hudson House has received 16 applications so far, according to Mill Creek Vice President Jamie Stover.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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