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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

Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.

 

It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.

Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.

 

“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”

 

After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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