Written by Mineola American Staff Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00
Corpus Christi Parish announced the appointment of Ken Solosky as the new coordinator for Corpus Christi CYO. Solosky is a lifelong Mineola resident and an alumni of the Corpus Christi CYO program. He was the Corpus Christi Parish 2014 CYO Role Model Award winner.
“Some of my best memories growing up were of CYO basketball and I welcome the opportunity to continue a great program for today’s youth,” said Solosky.
Corpus Christi will continue their very successful children’s basketball clinic beginning Dec. 6 and running for eight consecutive Saturdays. The clinic, for boys and girls in kindergarten through the second grade, emphasizes basketball fundamentals as well as fun. The kindergarten, first- and second-grade program is a clinic and teams are not formed.
“The clinic is designed to introduce boys and girls to the great game of basketball,” Solosky said. Using volunteers, older CYO players as well as “guest” coaches, the focus is on fun and developing the skills necessary to play basketball. The program uses smaller baskets and stations of different foundation skills and drills.
Corpus Christi will also be sponsoring boys and girls teams in the third through 12th grade. These teams play competitive basketball against other parishes throughout Nassau County. Practices are held once a week with a game over the weekend.
“The league play is a lot of fun and really brings out the competitive spirit in many of our players” stated Solosky. “It is a great way to play sports in a low pressure environment.”
Girls basketball begins in late August and boys basketball begins in October.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
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.