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War Dogs In Mineola

Almost everyone has heard the expression; a dog is a man’s best friend. These great animals guard, protect and shower people with their affection and undivided attention. They love unconditionally in good times and in bad. The strength of the bond between man and canine was put on display at the Mineola Library on Saturday, May 11 in JoAnne Raskin’s, ‘War Dogs’ exhibit.

“I started this project in 2007 as a tribute to military canines,” said Raskin. “I had been corresponding with dog handlers who were in Vietnam and Iraq and I wanted to pay tribute to these great animals that so often go unrecognized.”

 

Raskin, of Queens, said she started on her project by placing a tribute to the war dog, ‘Sarge’ at the Bideawee Pet Memorial Park in Wantagh. Raskin was fascinated by how many soldiers’ lives Sarge saved in World War II and started researching and corresponding with handlers for more information on other war dogs.

 

She expanded her project and set up her first exhibit in 2008 at the Eisenhower Park War Monument. A few months later, she held an exhibition at the American Air Power Museum in Farmingdale and that set the ball rolling.

 

“I held numerous exhibitions at places like the Cradle of Aviation, Nassau County Supreme Court Building, Queensboro Community College and St. John’s University,” said Raskin. “[Recently], I placed my exhibit at the Pet Expo at Nassau Coliseum.”

 

As to what fascinates her most about all the dogs who served alongside soldiers on the battlefield, Raskin said it was the number of lives that the dogs saved.

 

“For example, over 4,000 dogs served in Vietnam and they saved well over 10,000 soldiers’ lives during that time. Out of all those dogs, only 200-300 came back alive.”

 

This was Raskin’s first time showing her exhibition in a library and she said she would look to continue displaying her ‘War Dogs’ exhibit at other area libraries.

News

The trusted “Two Pauls” were locked in for another two years as the Village of Mineola held its Organization Night on Monday, April 7. Local officials swore in Paul Pereira and Paul Cusato, as well as Village Justice John P. O’Shea and acting village justice Jackie Carway. 

 

The event took place at the Village Hall Community Center, with Senator Jack Martins, Nassau County Court Judge Scott Fairgrieve, Village Attorney John Spellman and Mayor Scott Strauss accepting/hearing/give the oaths.

 

O’Shea takes over for Richard O’Callaghan, who recently retired, as village justice. Mineola resident Jackie Carway was tapped to serve as acting village justice, in the event O’Shea is unavailable. Trustees George Durham, Dennis Walsh and Mayor Scott. The three will be up for re-election next year.

The Wheatley Theater Company wowed audiences with four spectacular performances of Gypsy on March 27 through 29.

 

Loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy spotlights Lee’s mother, Rose, the ultimate stage mom. The musical presents an affectionate look at the hardships of life behind the curtain while chronicling Rose’s dreams and struggles as she raises her two daughters, June and Louise, to perform onstage.


Sports

 

Mineola Tops Cold Spring
Harbor 12-5

 

With the Mustangs trailing 4-0 going into the third inning, big hits by Ryan Kelly and John Lusardi helped the Mustangs take the lead on March 25.

In the top of the fifth with two out, the Mustangs scored three more runs with the help of a lead-off double by sophomore Steve DePalma (with his first varsity hit), he was followed by Robbie Lang getting on  base with a walk and Mike Conte’s single. These guys were all driven home by Nick Iadevaio’s bases-clearing triple. 

James Gerstner

Junior James Gerstner has nine goals and four assists in four games and is the leading scorer for the Mineola Mustangs’ boys varsity lacrosse team. He is the team’s top face-off guy, plays midfield and plays on the extra man offense unit. He was selected captain as a junior and was an All-Conference performer last year. Gerstner has led the team to a 3-1 record in the opening stages of the season. 


Calendar

Mustangs Travel To Seahawks - April 9

Pops Concert - April 13

Egg Hunts - April 19


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