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January 5, 2013

Shifting Old Gears And Exploring New Possibilities

Life transitions are definite sources of stress.  For so many in the current economic environment, the transition from employed to unemployed, from the expectation of promotion to the reality of demotion, from a growing 401K to tapping into one’s retirement nest egg years, even decades, sooner than planned is particularly traumatic. Whether your crisis is economic, physical, mental, emotional, relational, spiritual, or any combination of these, taking action to lessen the impact of this stress upon your mind, body and soul, in order to protect your health and general, overall well-being, is crucial. Motivational speaker Constance Hallinan Lagan presents three steps, which help transform chaos into fulfillment. Topics include cognitive theory, perception formation, tools of change, and action motivation. The seminar concludes with a guided visualization meditation.  Call to register:  516-746-8488.

Upcoming Events

Volunteers Sought For Breast Cancer Program

If you’ve had breast cancer and want to pay it forward become a hotline volunteer. Women and men who are breast cancer survivors and others who are concerned about breast health issues can become volunteers at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in Garden City. Volunteers can help by doing fundraising and publicity, as well as by answering hotline calls. Hotline volunteers provide emotional support, information and referral services to callers with breast health concerns. Although the program is housed on Long Island, hotline services and telephone counseling are available to callers throughout New York State. The next five-session training cycle will be starting at the end of September 2012 at the Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Caroline Mulcahy at 516- 877-4315. To reach the Hotline from anywhere in New York State, call 1-800-877-8077.

Creative Cups

The popular, life-affirming event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is returning and people are invited to participate by becoming a sponsor. Submitted creations will be included in the auction/gala (to be held on March 14, 2013 at Adelphi University in Garden City). Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those lost to this terrible disease. For more information, visit www.adelphi.edu/creative-cups or call 800-877-8077.

Senior Basketball

Mineola residents 50-years or older can participate in pickup basketball games on Mondays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. at Village Hall on Washington Avenue in Mineola. Half court games will be played in the community center. For more information, call Russell Sutherland at 746-0811.

Ongoing Events

First Presbyterian Church Services 

•Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

•Holy Communion: First Sunday of the month 

•Education: Sunday School at 10 a.m. 

•Little People Academy Preschool, call 746-1138 

•Women’s Group: Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

•Men’s Group: Saturday at 7:15 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 182 First Street, Mineola. Rev. Chester J. Easton, Pastor. Call the church office at 746-7419 for more information. Office open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

At The Lutheran Church Of Our Saviour 

•Noah’s Ark Preschool has several openings still available for the 2012-2013 school year.

•Nursery program is for 3 year olds and is held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

•Pre-K program is for 4 year olds and is held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

•Mommy/Daddy and Me program for 2 year olds on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Call the church office at 516-746-3824 for registration forms and more information or to schedule an open house visit. The church is located at 132 Jefferson Ave., in Mineola. 

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups 

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. There is no cost for any group; however pre-registration is required. Additional groups are formed upon request, including groups for men with breast cancer and family members. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077. 

•Support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

•Support group for women post treatment will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

•Support group for young women with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

•Support group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

•A telephone support group for women with breast cancer will be held weekly for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Furniture Needed

The A.T. Stewart Exchange Consignment Shop, 109 Eleventh St., Garden City, is looking for furniture to add to its inventory. The shop can use cocktail tables, end tables, consoles, chairs of all types, dressers, dining room tables, breakfronts, servers, secretaries, mirrors, etc....it’s all in demand. If you have a particularly large piece, take a picture, and show it to Kris or Jill at the shop (516 746-8900). Consignees get 50 percent of the selling price. Parking is convenient because the shop is located on the lower level of the Garden City Historical Museum.

Weekly Events

•Boy Scout Troop 200 Of Williston Park meets every Monday between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church located at Willis Ave. and Winthrop St., Williston Park. Boys 11 to 17 are welcome to join.


News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com