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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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