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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 Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.

The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.

 

“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.


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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