Written by Paige Mcatee Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.