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Athlete Of The Week

Fred Lang, 17, Mineola High School

Senior Captain Fred Lang is one of the most accomplished and hardest working individuals ever to come through the ranks of the Mineola Track and Field program.  His unyielding dedication has resulted in a tremendously impressive career with All Division, All Conference, and All County honors throughout his four years at Mineola.

Lang has nearly perfect attendance at practice, and treats every race like a championship event.  He is one of the toughest athletes out there, refusing to give up when competitors challenge him.

Countless times during his career he has fought and won a race in the last 100 meters or came from behind in the last leg of a relay to secure a victory. 

He is being highly sought after to compete on the collegiate level and looks forward to continuing his legacy after he leaves Mineola. It has been inspirational watching him run over the past few years.

Lang’s teammates look up to him for his dedication to his craft as well as his talent.  Freddy has proudly been the face of Mineola XC/Track & Field for the last four years.  He’s given Mineola the reputation of having a legitimate distance running program.

Lang holds school records in 4 and 5K runs. He is Mineola’s leading man in winter 4x800m and 3200m relays with times of 8:33 and 10:12 respectively. He also holds spring records in those distances with times of 8:32 and 10:16 as well as the 3000m-steeple chase record of 9:55.

A standout on the clay, he was All-Division in cross-country and All-County in spring track in ninth-grade. He also garnered those honors, as well as All-Conference in cross-country track, qualified for States in winter and spring track in 10th-grade.

Lang was named All-Division and All-County in the spring 4x800m relay and 3000m-steeple chase in his sophomore year. In his junior year, he was named conference champion in the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200m races and qualified for State meets as well as All-Division honors in 400 and 800m hurdles and the 4x800m relay.

Fred was named county champion in the 4x800 relay this year and nabbed top honors in cross-country and winter track.

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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