Coats for Kids Holds Fifth Annual Kick-Off Celebration
Just about six years ago Arthur Epstein, of Randi's Cleaners in Mineola, joined with his fellow cleaners and members of the National Cleaners Association and decided to expand the Coats for Kids campaign. As he was then and is now, Epstein has been appointed by his peers, as the chairman of the event.
Turning the School District Around
Superintendent of Schools for the Mineola School District Dr. Lorenzo Licopoli has high hopes for the Mineola School District. The superintendent is aiming high. He envisions eventually having the district pre-kindergarten program nationally recognized and having the district become recognized by the state as a National District of Excellence. He talks about the National Blue Ribbon Award and National Baldrige Award for education.
Mineola Mustangs Optimistic About New Season
Mineola varsity football coach Dan Guido heads into his 18th season with the optimism of a young coach just learning the ropes of the business. Guido has a simple expectation of this Mustang unit - make the playoffs. Guido has as large a squad as he's had in quite some time. So, depth is a plus to with some important and experienced players back from last year's playoff squad. The coach described those players:
Mineola Soccer Fast Start
The Mineola High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team got its season off to a much better start than expected. The team had only four returning players from last year's squad. But, as Coach Paul Pereira said, "Sometimes youth has its advantages." The Mustangs opened the season by winning its own tournament, the 6th Annual Mustang Cup. Mineola opened with a 6-1 victory over West Hempstead in the first round. After trailing 1-0, the Mustangs scored 5 goals in a ten-minute span. Senior Michael Skaliotis opened the scoring with his first varsity goal, off an assist from sophomore Gustavo Dias, who would add to goals of his own. The scoring was capped off by two goals from junior Oswaldo Hernandez and a goal from sophomore Michael Marques. In the cup finale on Saturday, Sept. 11, the Mustangs got off to a quick start with 2 goals in the first 5 minutes from Gustavo Dias. Sophomore goaltender Claudio De Matos also made an outstanding save on a penalty kick late in the first half. Days later added his third goal of the game on a picture-perfect bicycle kick from 18 yards out. Dias was named the tournament's most valuable player. Michael Marques closed out the scoring with his second goal of the tournament, on the way to a 4-1 championship victory over Floral Park. Coach Pereira says, "The entire team deserved kudos for an outstanding job." Those Mustangs selected to the All-Tournament team are Oswaldo Hernandez, Victor Prado, Michael Marques, Michael Skaliotis, Claudio De Matos and Gustavo Dias.
Thank God for Jimmy and Rick