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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

Mineola Street Fair coordinators are canvassing the downtown area to enlist local businesses for the fourth annual Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event on Saturday, Sept. 14 at noon, with an Oct. 5 rain date. Opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m.

 

“We’ve been walking the streets trying to get more businesses involved,” Chamber vice president and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano said. “It’s the same struggle every year but at the end, it all comes together.”

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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