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Is The Grass Greener?

At some point in their life, everybody deals with a stressful situation. Whether it’s being a parent, job issues or social problems, stress can be an issue. In former Mineola resident Jake Mezrahi’s book, Your Grass is Greener, he discusses tips on dealing with stress and offers simple stories to help identify the causes of stress.

 

“I have been teaching health education at a high school in Brooklyn for 12 years,” said Mezrahi. “During my time on the train to and from work I read a lot of books on self-improvement, health and philosophy. I have read hundreds of books and thousands of articles and a lot of my writing is inspired from that.”

 

Mezrahi grew up in Mineola and graduated from Mineola High School in 1998. He attended SUNY Cortland and attained a bachelor’s and master’s in health education in 2003.

 

Mezrahi received a second master’s in school administration from Touro College in 2005. After finishing Touro, he became interested in writing. He worked on ideas over the course of his teaching career and started writing this book last year.

 

“I wanted to wait until I had over 10 years experience in teaching before I started on a book,” said Mezrahi. “Last year, I started the book and it took about a year to write. Most of my writing was done on the train.”

 

Your Grass is Greener is mostly based on topics from Mezrahi’s high school health class and a nutrition-based course that he taught to other New York City teachers for five years. Many of the concepts of the book are explained using personal real life stories and examples.

 

“I stress about everything” said Mezrahi. “All normal things like being a parent, my career, paying bills, friends, family, emotions, time management. That is part of the concept of the book, that having stress is normal, even a lot of it is normal, it is how you deal with it that is

important.”

 

He said that his biggest challenge in writing the book was figuring out how to not explain things as if he were teaching one of his classes.

 

“When I teach, there is always a two-way conversation; I had to change the way I explain things,” Mezrahi said. “My first draft was basically written like a conversation with a class. I went back and edited most of it. All the ideas are still there however.”   

 

The book shows how to identify stress and how to deal with it, whether it’s making better decisions, improving one’s confidence, discovering how to get quality rest, improving physical health or controlling emotions. The concepts in the book benefit people of all ages including teenagers, parents, workers, professionals and retirees.

 

“Once the causes of stress are identified and dealt with, the symptoms of stress will diminish and your quality of life will improve,” Mezrahi said.

 

Your Grass is Greener can be foundamazon.com/dp/B00K61A4WW


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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