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Memorial Day Parade Honors Vets

“Today by title is one of grief and remembrance,” said Adolph Block Post 1305 Commander and D-Day invader Tom Scardino on Monday, May 26 from the rear deck of the Mineola Memorial Library overlooking Memorial Park and a medium-sized crowd gathered near the war monument below. “Today is Memorial Day; when we pay tribute to our fallen heroes. Today we wish to also honor the wives, the children, parents, fathers, the brothers, sisters and friends of the heroes who paid that supreme price.”

Following a very well-attended Memorial Day parade through the streets of Mineola that started out at Wilson Park and ended at Memorial Park under the 80-plus degree heat of an early summer sun, the handful of veterans and residents crowded under what little shade the trees of the park provided as various local representatives spoke from the dais.

American Legion Post 349 Commander Carl Marchese wanted to honor those who couldn’t march that day, because they fought the good fight but couldn’t come home to their families. He was named Post Commander in 2012. Marchese was instrumental in brining in Yuri Karasz, the first female Post member since its inception in 1922.

Marchese served at Fort Bragg, N.C. for airborne training. He trained with the U.S. Rangers at Fort Benning, GA in 1961. From there, he received his posting to Fort Dix, N.J. as a company officer for advanced infantry training. What was supposed to be a short stay, ended with an 18-month commission because of the escalation of the Berlin Wall crisis.

“We remember those who are no longer with us because they sacrificed their lives in defense of our freedom,” he said. “These sacrifices have occurred throughout our nation’s history. We continue to lose American heroes every day in Afghanistan and in military training accidents and missions around the world. We don’t just honor those with the highest medals. We honor the more than 11 million men and women who lost their lives defending America in wars from the American Revolution to the global war on terrorism.”

“We all may not be able to appreciate the magnitude of that day, but we will be able to remember and honor those who fought for us, not only on that day but every day since this great country came to be,” Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss said, touching on the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day. “Memorial Day is a day to take a moment and think about the brave men and women who have allowed us the opportunity to enjoy this three-day weekend; the ones who paid for it with their lives.”

At least a dozen red, white and blue-colored wreaths circled the memorial rock monument in the center of the park; wreaths were donated by the various village organizations and businesses. A rifle honor guard also fired a ceremonial volley into the air in honor of the dead.

“We work together today to acknowledge those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, who gave unthinkingly of themselves so that we could stand here today,” North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth said.

Nassau Legislator Richard Nicolello observed that “we are blessed to live in a place in which our rights and freedoms are protected; to live in a land of opportunity where we can follow our dreams.”

“Each year we try to put into words I think something that can’t be put into words and that’s the debt of gratitude we owe the people wee honor on Memorial Day,” Assemblyman Ed Ra said.

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, a member of the state veteran’s committee, touted the long-term care needed for veterans returning from active duty.

“In government joined by Senator [Jack] Martins, our responsibilities make sure that those soldiers that do come home, our veterans, are given what they are rightfully deserved by the... government to make sure that the benefits of long-term care... and that they can be treated quickly and reasonably,” said Schimel, a member of the state veteran’s committee.

Added Martins: “those things that we take for granted; this should happen every day. But it’s great to come together at least once, all of us, as we pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

For more photos from the Memorial Day parade, go to facebook.com/MineolaAmerican

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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