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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

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



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