The Mineola School District Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the Mineola Music Parent’s Association recently hosted the 33rd Annual Marching Band Competition at Michael J. Tully Stadium in New Hyde Park. Thirteen bands and approximately 1,300 students – including Mineola’s – performed at the event, which was attended by more than 2,000 spectators. Mineola High School’s marching band took first place in their class at the competition, tying Mineola for second place in the state.
The Mineola District Council of PTAs recently announced the Children’s Cultural Arts Series for the 2013-14 school year. The program consists of three wonderful shows with the first performance, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, on the best-selling book by Judith Viorst on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Mineola High School Theatre located at 10 Armstrong Road, Garden City Park (one block south of Jericho Turnpike).
The second show, Bubblemania with Seth Bloom is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band music and unbelievable bubbles. This show is on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. The final show dubbed Laser Science Spectacular And Takes Plance On Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 At 2 P.m.
As a young girl growing up beside parks and beaches, Mineola School District teacher Sue Kennedy instantly developed a keen interest in all things environmental. Finding organisms and plant life alongside her childhood home only fueled her curiosity, and lead her to believe she would pursue a career in biology
However, experiencing what it was like to teach during a peer tutoring session in her senior year of high school, Kennedy realized her one true calling was helping others understand a subject in which she was fond of and they needed help.
Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and the village board of trustees officially opened Emory Road Park on Saturday Oct. 5.
Emory Road Park is the first new park created in the village of Mineola in more than 40 years, according to the village records. The park is designed for use by children age 5-12 and is also the first park ever in the northwest section of Mineola.
“We are committed to providing our residents with the best family-oriented public amenities village resources allow,” said Mayor Strauss. “Our families deserve nothing less.”
Silvia M. and Celina M., both 2013 graduates of the Henry Viscardi School recently had their artwork selected by the VSA (Very Special Arts) International Art Program for Children with Disabilities for display at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library and U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., in November. This is the first time a Viscardi student has entered the contest.
Missy Dunlop, 16
A bundle of talent and a musical background to be reckoned with, Missy Dunlop of Mineola High School isn’t just like anyone walking down a hallway. Thrust into the spotlight as soon as she could walk, Dunlop’s been performing ever since. On her list of the many plays she’s been involved in over the years are famous hits such as In the Heights, Oklahoma, and Almost, Maine.
The 5th Annual Bicycle Safety Day took place on Sunday, Sept. 22, noon to 3 p.m.
County Seat Kiwanis and Mineola Bicycle will hosted the event. The day was designed to teach and promote bicycle safety and free to attend.Children can brought their helmets and bicycles to be inspected and adjusted. A skills course was set up for kids to ride their bikes through, and upon completion they received a certificate.
A fire truck will be available for tours from Safety Day-goers and free eye screenings by Dr. Melania Napolitano of Mineola Eye Center. Giveaways and promotions will be available throughout the day.
“It’s about the kids and having fun and being safe,” said Barry Dworkin of Mineola Bicycle. “They’ll got to learn safety while enjoying a nice Sunday outside.”
Members of the Mineola High School varsity cheerleading squad recently visited third-and fourth-grade students at Jackson Avenue School to lead a pre-homecoming pep rally celebration and introduce a school cheer. Varsity cheerleading coach and Jackson Avenue teacher Laura Kligman volunteered her team for the event, which was coordinated by the Jackson PTAg. The cheerleaders taught their peers two new school cheers, complete with hand routines.
Mineola resident Paul Heckelman joined the Massapequa School District as the new school lunch director. He is responsible for coordinating and supervising the efficient operation of school lunch programs and staff.
In Heckleman’s prior position, he was the executive chef/assistant food service director for a top-rated nursing facility where he supervised a staff of 100, organized all catering and special events from conception to completion, and was responsible for a $1.5 million budget. He has also worked for top hotels including the Plaza Hotel in New York, the Marriot Hotel on Long Island as well as the Brookville Country Club in Glen Head.
Heckelman graduated from the Culinary Institute of America.
On Wednesday, Sept. 4, students of Saint Aidan School were welcomed back for the new school year. The children were greeted by Principal Miss Oliver, Assistant Principal Mrs. Rowan and their teachers as they arrived with backpacks and big smiles and headed to their new classrooms.
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