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Mineola 9/10 Summer Baseball Winning Streak Snapped

On Thursday, Aug. 16, the Mineola 9/10U Summer Baseball Team took its six game winning streak on the road to New Hyde Park’s Nuzzi field attempting to get a seventh straight win. Unfortunately, Mineola lost 10-9 in the final at bat for New Hyde Park.

Mineola started out fast and furious plating nine runs in the first two innings and making it look like they would cruise to an easy win. Unfortunately, the pitching, that had previously been lights out, their timely hitting and sure fielding all collapsed in a brutal third inning. Mineola pitching suddenly lost the plate and walked numerous hitters. The sure fielding committed a series of errors and Mineola only had two base runners after the second inning. Mineola could not figure out a hard throwing New Hyde Park lefty reliever and he stopped their bats cold.

New Hyde Park clawed back and plated five runs in the third, three in the fifth and two in the sixth for a dramatic comeback victory. Maybe it was a letdown following Mineola’s previous game no-hitter or perhaps as football great Roger Staubach once said, “Sometimes you have to accept not everything goes your way.”

Manager Ken Solosky explains, “We were playing at such an extraordinary level that we were due for a couple of bad breaks. The problem was we let all the bad breaks come together at once.”

For Mineola, Andrew Geagher, Patrick Solosky, Kenny Solosky, Ryan Loughlin, Ryan Burke, Tom Tugander, Kieran O’Gara, Vincent  Aidalia, Jimmy Tighe all had hits. Zach Buongiovanni and Steven Collica pitched well.

In a post game chat, the Mineola team collectively “flushed the game down the toilet” and were determined to come back strong in their next game.

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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