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Wheatley Students Receive Physical Education Honors

Erin Connolly and Ryan Keenan have been selected as Outstanding Physical Education students by the Wheatley School Physical Education Department.

Connolly and Keenan were recently honored at an awards banquet held at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The Nassau Zone of the New York State Association sponsors the awards program for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 

Connolly has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her high school years.  As a physical education student, her test scores, skill development and attitude have been exemplary. 

She is president of the Wheatley Book Club and a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Environmental Club. Connolly received recognition as an AP Scholar and as a member of Wheatley’s orchestra, where she plays the viola. She also volunteers her services as a tutor for students struggling in English, math and science.

Keenan’s fitness scores and skill development in the physical education program have been outstanding and his enthusiasm for learning is greatly admired. He has been involved in many athletic activities during his four high school years, competing in track, baseball, soccer and ice hockey. While maintaining a rigorous academic program, he has attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.2.

Keenan is an active member of the Key Club and volunteers his time to help others as part of the East Williston Creative Arts Program, Wheatley’s Day of Service and Learning and as an assistant soccer coach in the local youth soccer program.


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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