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Students Get Set For Summer

The long, leisurely and lovely days of summer will soon be here. It’s an ideal time for tanning, hanging out with friends and watching teen movie marathons. However, it’s also a good time for students to spread their wings. 

 

Karen Cordani, a guidance counselor at Mineola High School, recommends students try new, or build on old, hobbies during the time off.

 

“As you make your holiday plans, allow time to expand your horizon,” Cordani said. “Explore new interests or focus on current passions in the field of academics, sports or arts. Choose activities based on your interests and aptitude, not what you think might impress an admissions officer.”

 

The break is the perfect time to prepare for the next school year and the future. While many teenagers are looking forward to catching the warm rays of the sun, Emily Abrams, a third-year student, will be working off a different kind of radiation, the electromagnetic kind. She has planned to volunteer, for a second consecutive year, at Winthrop University Hospital. 

 

“I get an opportunity to experience a hospital setting, to help out the hospital team, and to explore a possible career choice,” Abrams said. 

 

Erica Barron, also in her junior year and with dreams of becoming a nurse someday, is looking forward to interning in a doctor’s office. 

 

After months of stress, papers, and exams though, summer opens up an opportunity to start new activities too. Marissa Karaz, a sophomore, intends to attend a surf camp out on Long Beach, something she has not been able to do in the past. 

 

“I’ve always wanted to try surfing, and summer is the perfect opportunity because I’m not busy with school,” Karaz said. 

 

For senior Joyce Hwang though, travel seems to be the way to go for the break. Hwang plans to venture to the Dominican Republic and Haiti on a mission trip to work with children in impoverished villages, and subsequent to that, travel to California to visit family and friends. 

 

“On my mission trip, I’m really looking forward to building relationships with the children in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.” she said. “The whole travel experience, I am sure, will be very enriching.” 

 

But Cordani said while the time off allows students to get busy with personal interests, it’s still important to have fun with loved ones.

 

“Utilize the lengthy summer vacation productively,” she said, “however, take time out to relax and enjoy with friends and family.”

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


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