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From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Celebrating Moms 

When I became a new dad many years ago, I asked a friend whom I admired how to be a good father.  Without missing a beat, he responded simply, “Love their mother.”    

As husband to a mom of four and son to a mom of five, I live (you can already guess) in a mom-centric zone, and over time that lesson has become abundantly clear to me.  So I thought I’d take a break this week from the usual legislative topics and instead reflect upon the powerful love we celebrate in the middle of May each year.   

One need only look around to see that family life is changing fast but even so, I’d say moms are the rock upon which stable families are built, often at great personal sacrifice.  And family life is microcosm of how we treat one another in general. 

My friend was right then and he’s right now, so in the aftermath of Mother’s Day, we might consider some ways to help moms wherever and whenever we can throughout the year, every day.   

In that light, I wanted to bring your attention to two special Long Island programs you might not know about: Momma’s House, with several locations around the island, and Catholic Charities’ Regina Residence in Merrick.  These two homegrown residential programs are dedicated to meeting the needs of young, unwed mothers and mothers-to be who unfortunately do not have the support systems necessary to raise their children.  This is especially stressful on Long Island with its notoriously high cost of living, where rent or child-care eats up entire paychecks.     

Going it alone is simply not an option for these young families.  That’s why these programs, supported by people like you, step in to see to the physical, social and emotional well being of both the moms and their babies.  They provide structured living environments with scheduled meal times, shared chores, and even study times.  They also provide counseling and childcare so the women can finish their educations and find meaningful work.  There are even mentoring programs that match the young ladies with successful working women in their communities who become personally involved in their development.  It’s in homes like these that the skills for successful family life are learned and over the years, these combined programs have literally sent thousands of young women into the world as confident, independent and loving mothers.

 

The creativity and dedication shown by Long Islanders in programs like these are perfect examples of the type of citizenship that makes Long Island thrive.  That the young women there remain motivated to keep growing and learning in the face of adversity is a testament to the unique power of motherhood.  

 

So maybe this year, now that the flowers have faded and the chocolate’s gone (you probably ate it anyway), you might consider celebrating your own mother or grandmother by volunteering at or supporting the work of these two special Long Island Institutions.  You can visit Momma’s House online at www.mommashouse.org or Regina Residence at www.catholiccharities.cc to learn more. 

 

Thank God that “mother” is also a verb, not just a noun. To all the moms reading this column, thank you for the love that is uniquely yours to give and may you know that love and respect for all you do extends well beyond your own children. 

News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


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Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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