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Concert Benefits Independence Fund

For Maestro Louis Panacciulli, the 30th anniversary of the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra is about giving back. 

 

“We are celebrating this anniversary and we wanted to do something meaningful,” he said.

 

So, for its first concert commemorating the milestone for the Pops, the orchestra is holding “A Tribute to the American Spirit” on Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. at Chaminade High School in Mineola to benefit the Independence Fund. The fund raises money to purchase hi-tech wheelchairs for disabled veterans. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who brought the fund into the national spotlight after The O’Reilly Factor ran a story with a war veteran, is co-sponsoring the event.

 

O’Reilly, a Chaminade graduate, called on viewers to donate to the fund. Viewers have raised more than $20 million in the last three years, according to Fox News.

 

“Anybody who needs [a chair] can get it,” O’Reilly said. “They have a great sense of independence because they can do anything from play golf, to go over any type of terrain with these chairs. They deserve this help.”

 

War veteran Jerral Hancock lost his left arm and was severely paralyzed after being hit with an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Hancock received a track chair from the fund.

 

“He seemed like an upbeat guy and didn’t seem to hold any grudges against anybody,” Panacciulli said. “It was heartwarming watching the interview. Our PR director called me and suggested we contact Bill to raise money for these track chairs with a concert.”

 

Track chairs cost around $15,000, but have a militaristic feature that helps users get around. Panacciulli, who co-founded the Pops, says a local veteran will likely receive the 500th track chair produced at the concert.

 

“They have tank tracks instead of wheels,” he said. “It affords them great mobility on a variety of terrains.”

 

The concert will feature traditional American classics, including “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.” But, it will also feature lesser-played pieces, like “Thin Alabaster Cities Gleam” and “Flight of Valor.”

 

“In Their Honor,” by Carl Strommen is dedicated to the September, 11, 2001 attacks.

  

“It’s all patriotic music,” Panacciulli said. “We even have a female trio that will do a coupleof Andrew Sister songs from way back.”

 

Tickets are $50 for reserved seats. They are available online at nassaupops.com/tickets. For more information, call 516-565-0646.

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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