Written by Mineola American News Staff Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00
Four students from Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center in Albertson will have their artwork of digital images with interpretive text displayed at the 2013 Embracing Our Differences outdoor art exhibition celebrating diversity from Oct. 14-27 at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. Their work will be enlarged into huge panels for the viewing.
Delvin’s work, which consists of hands and colors—including a prosthesis—reaching towards the Earth from space, suggests society’s struggle to recognize and accept people’s differences. Kiara’s piece, a contemplative girl with negative words appearing across her face, demonstrates their hurtfulness while Ron’s image, picturing the Earth divided into distinct sections inside the pupil of an eye, commentates on the world’s inability to live in harmony.
Robert, who created a filmstrip timeline of important U.S. legislation from 1830-present, illustrates how past laws of exclusion—like the Indian Removal Act and Jim Crow laws—have more recently given way to policies of inclusion such as the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.
“I felt that this contest would be perfect for my students…it would give them an opportunity to use their Photoshop skills to express themselves,” said Linda Reiser, media technology teacher at the center. “Our students face many challenges…and therefore able to produce work that articulated their experiences in a powerful way.”
Judged by professional artists and curators, exhibition criteria included artistic excellence, how well the work translated into enlarged outdoor panels and how the designs addressed exhibit themes of living in a diverse community, impact of prejudice and hatred on human dignity, varied people and cultures in the world.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.