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.
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
Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.
It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.
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.