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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

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


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