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Movie Night In Mineola

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.

 

The weather called for perfect outdoor-movie night conditions. “We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful night,” said Greene.

 

The movie began at dusk, but families started coming into the park area at six at night to lay out their blankets, set up their chairs and brought snacks to get ready for an enjoyable night under the stars.

 

Last year’s movie night brought in around 300 people, and Greene expected even more this year. In the previous two years, movie night has featured The Lorax and Despicable Me.

 

“It’s definitely getting bigger and bigger every year,” Greene said.

 

The Mineola Junior Fire Department ran a concession stand for moviegoers that included snacks, hot dogs and sodas. 

 

Erin Park and her 4-year-old daughter Anikka were both excited for the movie night and arrived early with her sister Megan Romito and her 10-month-old daughter Lucia. 

 

This is their first time attending move night.

 

“It’s a nice way to see people that you know,” said Park, who was born and raised in Mineola, but now lives in Saugerties.

 

“They loved The LEGO Movie,” said Park of her daughter and her niece. “They saw it in the theatre but haven’t seen it since, so they’re excited.”

 

The Park’s made sure to participate in the raffle, which was giving away two DVDs of The LEGO Movie. Available for all of the guests were The LEGO Movie activity packets, as well as glow sticks, crayons for the kids and chip clips for the parents.

News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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