Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
The BU10 FC Mineola opened league play with 3-0 win over the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Sonic on April 3. Mineola was led by Liam Going (two goals and an assist). The first goal came off a beautiful cross from Liam Russelman that Going sent to the back of the net. Fifteen minutes later the Liam to Liam connection struck again when Russelman found Going open at the top of the box for another shot and score by the talented Mineola player.
Mineola’s final goal came midway through the second half as Gregory Kenney redirected a good cross past the Hewlett goalie. The back line of Peter Murphy, Luke Sommese and Brent Muessig controlled the defensive end of the field limiting the number of shots Hewlett took on goal and the few that made it through were gobbled up by keeper Andrew Pizzardi. Brian Heckelman, Phil Macchietto and James Teadore all contributed with stellar play at the midfield position.
FC Mineola continued its winning start to the season with a 4-1 victory over the Island Trees Bulldogs on a windy day in Levittown on April 5. Mineola played into the wind during the first half and conceded a wind-aided goal midway through the half. Minutes before the midway break, Greg Kenney pushed the ball forward along the right sideline where teammate Liam Going took the ball in stride, cut nicely towards the middle of the field before drilling a hard low shot into the near corner of the net.
Kenney jumped on a short goal kick from the Bulldogs and raced in on goal before carefully tucking a shot into the far corner. Moments later, a loose ball blew to the top of the Island Trees penalty area where Mineola’s Liam Russelman drilled a missile of a shot over the outstretched hands of the keeper, off the bottom of the crossbar and into the goal.
Mineola’s fourth score came from striker Mattheus Silva, who challenged and eventually took the ball away from the Bulldogs keeper. Silva then touched a nice pass to Going for a quick tap in to close the scoring. Mineola’s defensive efforts were led by fullbacks
Chris Feathers and Luke Sommese, with keeper Andrew Pizzardi making several difficult saves.
Shortly after conceding an early goal, the GU13 Mineola Renaissance drew even with the North Shore Nutmegs as Rachel Cooney calmly deposited a close-in shot into the corner of the goal on April 6. Cooney, perfectly redirected the Caitlyn Wetzel corner kick that scooted across the Nutmegs goal box.
Both sides played terrific defense from that point forward, with Jenna Cox, Stephanie Pereira, Caitlyn Long and Melissa Pereira leading the Mineola back-line, with goalkeeper Jillian Haller making several saves behind them. Mineola eventually allowed the game winner with 15 minutes left.
The BU16 Mineola Lightning followed up their round one Long Island Cup victory with a 2-0 win over the Woodhaven Rising Stars in their first league game on April 6.
Their defense, led by goal keeper Joe Martins and fullbacks Chris Alexander, Tiago Goncalves, Eric Pereira and Steven Faux rejected the Woodhaven attack. Kevin Vecchione broke the scoreless tie, stabbing the ball into the net off a long throw in from Steven Faux.
Joe Cucinella put in the insurance goal bending a direct kick from inside the corner flag and past the keeper. Midfielders Manny DeMatos and Alec Leitman had strong games.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”
Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.
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.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.