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Golden Age Club Dues - September 26

MHS class of 1963 Reunion - October 9-13

Columbus Day Dinner Dance - October 13

 

Mineola Golden Age Club Dues

Mineola Golden Age Membership dues will be collected on Thursday Sept. 26. Remember to bring your blue card if you are a member. For more information, call 516-741-1991.

Post 144 Installation Dinner

American Legion Post 144 will hold its Annual Installation Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Legion Hall located at 730 Willis Avenue, Williston Park.  Cocktails at 6 p.m. will be followed by the formal Installation Ceremony of Commander Frank Oliveri and his staff at 7 p.m. The installation will be followed by a dinner catered by Skalberg Caterers with an open ban, music and dancing.  Tickets are $25 per person.  Contact Don Sassano at 516-747-3945 for ticket and seating information. Cut off date is Sept. 19.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

MHS Class of 1963 Reunion

The Mineola High School Class of 1963 will hold its 50-year reunion on Oct. 9-13 in New York City and Long Island. Are you a member of the class? Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

Mineola Bocce Group Meets Thursdays

The Mineola Bocce Group meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Wilson Park’s Bocce Court in Mineola. The group invites all interested Bocce players to join for a game. The bocce court is available seven days a week. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Mariani at 631-978-1324.

Democratic Club 90th Anniversary Brunch

The Mineola Democratic Club will commemorate its 90th anniversary with a brunch on Sunday, Oct.6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Jericho Terrace, 249 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola.  A journal will be printed in conjunction with this event (journal ad deadline is Sept. 27).  For more information or to RSVP, please call Cheryl Lee at (516) 385-6486 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Columbus Day Dinner Dance

Albertson VFW Post No. 5253 will hold its Annual Columbus Day Dinner Dance on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 to 6 p.m. at the VFW Hall at 155 Searingtown Road. A hot buffet dinner, along with coffee and dessert will be available and live music from The Vic Vincent Group.

Reservations are required, $40 per person. Make checks payable to the Albertson post. For more information, call Harry Wurth at 516-708-7788.

90th Anniversary Dinner Dance

Knights of Columbus Corpus Christi Council #2502 will hold its 90th anniversary dinner dance Saturday, Nov. 9, 6 to 11 p.m.. The hall is located at 186 Jericho Turnpike in Mineola. Open bar, buffet table during cocktail hour, family style dinner, coffee, dessert and a live band. It’s $60 per person.

Payment and reservations must be received by Nov. 1. No walk-ins. Please Checks payable to K of C #2502 Please send payment and a letter with the names of your guests to Tom Kelly, 68 Jerome Avenue, Mineola. For more information, call 516-459-2540.

 

Irish American Society Events

 

Saturday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.  Dance with The New York Showband. $20 admission. Tea, coffee and scones served. Cash Bar open for your pleasure.

GAA Games Direct From Ireland

The Gaelic Athletic Association is an Irish Nationwide sporting organization featuring the national sports, hurling and Gaelic football. They show the games live on big screens televisions. Complimentary tea, coffee and scones are served and a cash bar is open.

Adult Set Dancing

 

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 297 Willis Avenue in Mineola.

Social Club

 

Mondays noon to 3 p.m. 297 Willis Avenue in Mineola.

Irish Step Dancing

 

Tuesdays and Thursday nights. 297 Willis Avenue in Mineola. For more information, call Donny Golden at 718-238-9207.

Pipe & Drum Lessons

 

Thursday nights at 7 p.m. 297 Willis Avenue in Mineola. Call Ward M. Connelly at 631-262-0127.

Yoga Lessons

 

Every Monday at 11 a.m. 297 Willis Avenue in Mineola

For additional information, call the Irish American Center Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 516-746-9392 or 516-742-8080.

Weekly Events

•Relapse Prevention Support Groups are held by the LI Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in its Williston Park Office, 207 Hillside Ave. Groups are facilitated by professional staff trained to help you or a loved one successfully transition from inpatient treatment back home or into a sober living environment. Aftercare and support following substance abuse treatment is an essential part of maintaining sobriety and creating a strong foundation for recovery. Call Jeffrey L. Reynolds 747-2606, ext. 12 or Steve Chassman, ext. 17.

Monthly Events

•The Mineola Historical Society meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at its headquarters located at 211 Westbury Avenue in Mineola. For more information, contact the historical society at 516-746-6722. Ask for Neil, Mike or Tom.


News

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


Columns

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