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Commended Science Research Students

Mallory Brady

Brady was invited to present at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and received high honors from the Long Island Science Congress. Her project dealt with the ability of fungi in the roots of plants to help them filter out pollutants from the soil. She will attend Northeastern University in September.

 

Caroline Mueller

Mueller also presented at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and received an achievement award from LISC. She checked if Tween-80 could increase the rate at which microbes degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to remove it from water and soil in Oyster Bay. She will also attend Northeastern University.

Brandon Sia And Jacob Escobar

The two studied if types of algae could detoxify aquatic environments filled with zinc and dicamba. They tested it on brine shrimp. The two received achievement awards at LISC.

 

Jennifer Godinho

Godinho studied the effects of acetaminophen and ibuprofen and whether these drugs, at non-toxic levels, would harm the development of aquatic animals and drinking water. She took third place at the New York Science and Engineering Fair (NYSEF) in the andromeda division of environmental sciences.

 

Scott Shannon

Shannon studied how stars would act, depending on how close they were to the center of the galaxy. He took third place in the andromeda division of physics and astronomy at NYSEF and won the bronze medal at the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair.

 

Emily Abrams

Abrams’ project studied how two pre-oxidants affected toxic algae and ways it could be stopped to benefit water systems. Abrams won first place at NYSEF in the andromeda division of environmental sciences.

 

Monika Dharia

Dharia studied a potentially carcinogenic chemical found in water and tested it on immune cells, because an inflammatory response is linked to cancer. She won second place at NYSEF in the andromeda division of environmental sciences.

Charlotte Ring

Ring chronicled the effect of acidic precipitation on soil erosion. She took first place at NYSEF in the andromeda division of earth and planetary sciences.

 

Craig Vande Stouwe

Vande Stouwe studied the use of mathematical attractiveness ratios for facial recognition. He tested facial recognition systems, which map faces from distorted angles and far distances. He took third place at NYSEF in the andromeda division of mathematical sciences.

 

Michael Woytysiak

Woytysiak studied the effect of music tempo on reading speed and short term memory. He received meritorious honors from LISC.


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com