Written by Joanne Fitzgerald Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
April and May were especially lively and active for the Golden Age Club. Program chairperson Mary Duffy arranged for a return visit from Eranga and Prianga, from Sri Lanka, who are considered “International Singers.” This friendly couple entertained members with songs from Russia, Israel, Greece, and Jamaica. Their rendition of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “Una Paloma Blanca” had Golden Agers singing and moving, as did “I Will Survive” and songs by Abba.
The date for “Dancing With the Golden Oldies”, much awaited, finally arrived. Hostess, “Lulu Libbey”, none other than President Lillian Barnola, kept things moving as judges “Loose Lucy”, “Lord Thomas”, and “Senora Chiquita Banana Sunday” rated the contestants. Each dance was so imaginatively choreographed that it was difficult to choose a winner to award “The Mirror Egg” to. Accordion player, “Joe Garage”, accompanied the dancers and provided background music. Golden Agers agreed that this program was great fun and a great hit.
On a quieter note, the club took a musical trip down memory lane, thanks to a program provided by Jack Schneer. His topic was the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Through clips of interviews with them, insight was gained into their creative process. “The King and I”, “The Sound of Music”, “South Pacific” and “Oklahoma” are but a few of their hits. The beautiful music from their plays and films had everyone reminiscing and they softly hummed and sang along with the stars.
With the coming of warmer weather, it’s hard to believe that so much of the Golden Age year has passed. However, there are still a few exciting events as well as the spring luncheon to look forward to. The club meets every Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mineola Community Center at 155 Washington Ave.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.