Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00
One of the best experiences I’ve had while volunteering was on a visit to Ronald McDonald house. I honestly enjoy doing Ronald McDonald service because it’s really a lot of fun cooking with your friends, and it’s a such a rewarding thing to do. Getting Mineola teacher Nancy Regan’s meatloaf recipe is just the icing on the cake!
Of course, at the end of the day you go home reeking of spices, and sometimes you swear your hands faintly smell like onions even days later. Deep down, you love these subtle reminders of the time and effort you donated. They are the proof that you made a difference in someone’s life, and it is hard to find the words to describe such an experience. I am reminded of the quote by John Bunyan, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
Previously, I had done other volunteer services along with Ronald McDonald, and I was not new to the program. We had some downtime and we were offered a tour of the house. This sweet elderly woman took us around parts of the house, and you could tell she was extremely fond of the charity and our program at Mineola. She told us about some of the families that were currently staying at the house, and their particular situations. It is sufficient to say that it put a perspective on things, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that was reminded of how blessed we truly are. The conversation continued on to discuss what a great thing it is that we’re doing. She didn’t think we really knew what a significant contribution it was to volunteer in this program. She was right.
I couldn’t fathom what a tough time these families must be going through. I didn’t think about what it would feel like to not have enough money to buy food. With that in mind, just imagine what it could feel like to know that you didn’t have to worry about feeding your family during such hard times, because there was a hot, free meal downstairs. Then, you realize that you did that for someone. For a stranger. Someone you’ve never met before, and probably never will. For that day, you were there for them. That taught me what service is about.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.