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Local Film Needs Funding

Mineola resident Nugent Cantileno is one of many local residents that will be producing The Last Taxi Driver, a short film created Debra Markowitz and John Marean of North Merrick. The production took to the web to find funding for the film, using indiegogo.com, an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, etc.

 

The Last Taxi Driver is a dark horror comedy about one man’s determination to retain his career as a taxi driver and refusal to give up when most of his customers are eaten by zombies. The taxi driver will be played by Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods, Wolf of Wall

Street) and Violet will be played by Emily Jackson (Fringe, Incarnate). The film will be shot in East Meadow.

 

When Markowitz wrote the screenplay for the film, she and Marean discussed different people who could play the roles.  Then Markowitz spoke to her filmmaker friends, and the wheels started turning.

 

“The most exciting thing about The Last Taxi Driver is the collaboration between all the Long Island filmmakers,” Markowitz said. “It’s wonderful to work with all of these talented, creative individuals on one project.”

 

 Markowitz and The Majors Productions explored the possibility of producing this dark comedic horror film on Long Island.

 

Marean and his producing partner, Cecily Mihok-Trenka (Rapier Wit Films of Merrick) got involved in the production, and it became even more of a reality.  Steve Sage of Steve Sage Productions jumped on the bandwagon with his Red camera.

 

Kory Diskin of Roslyn Heights served as production designer.  while Glen Cove native Regina Hardy came on to assist as second assistant director. Helene Schulman signed on as set photographer/videographer.

 

To raise the money to shoot the film, acting friends Christina Wood, John Thomassen, Stan Adams, Cheryl Martin and Ingrid Dodd acted in the promotional video without even rehearsing to stir attention for the project.

 

For more information, to donate and to see the promotional video, please go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-last-taxi-driver/x/52224 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


News

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.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


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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