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Storming Cyclones Take Two

This Mineola Cyclones took on the undefeated girls of Port Washington and managed to come out on top in a game that featured solid pitching from the Cyclone’s Mikayla Dalton and Meaghan McCaffrey on April 23. The Cyclones faced Albertson Herrick’s (Team 2) in their second weekend game.

 

Vicky VanGrembergen led the charge from the mound.  Powerful hitting from Jenna Cox, Toni Ondris and Vicky Venus pushed the Cyclones to yet another victory. The Cyclone’s are in contention to lead the league with a 5-1 record as they reach their mid-season stride.

 

MAA Travel Soccer News

Mineola BU9 Take One, Drop One

The BU9 Mineola Mighty’s Liam Going, off a nifty combination play from teammates Greg Kenney and Jack Flood, scored his second goal of the game to give Mineola a 3-2 win over Wantagh on April 27.  Jack Flood scored Mineola’s other goal, off a terrific shot early in the first half.

 

Mineola goalkeepers Luke Sommese and Andrew Pizzardi played solidly in front of a defense led by Malcolm DeCollibus and Michael Duda.  In their second weekend game, Mineola fell to Massapequa 3-0.  Massapequa’s tough defense denied Mineola any solid chances all game. The Mighty were led by solid all-around games from Thomas Daly and Mattheus Silva.

 

Mineola Tops New Hyde Park

The GU14 Mineola Mustangs held on to defeat the New Hyde Park Tigers 2-1 on April 27.  Gretchen Keller started the scoring for Mineola, looping a ball into the corner of the NHP goal early in the first half.  Minutes later, Emma Feimer’s shot from outside the box nicked off teammate Katie Russelman’s head through the goalkeeper’s hands for a 2-0 lead. 

 

Mineola seemed poised to strike again moments later, as Brianna O’Brien’s deft move in the box led to an open shot in front of the NHP net. The Tigers’ keeper denied O’Brien a goal with a nice save.  As the first half came to a close, the momentum started shifting to the Tigers. 

 

Halfway through the second half, the Tigers were awarded a penalty kick and their talented striker squeezed her shot past a diving Natalia Cotto.  The Tigers constantly attacked over the final 15 minutes of the game, but Cotto and Mineola’s terrific backline of Jillian Palma, Meghan Lafaye, Brianna Lopes, Annie Cripps and Valerie Cobos were up to the challenge, constantly clearing aside loose balls and rebounds to secure the victory.

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com