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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

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


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