Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00
Youth Soccer on Long Island has changed dramatically during the past five years. The formation of new leagues and programs has provided parents and their young soccer stars with a variety of options designed to serve all levels of skill and interest. The Mineola Athletic Association’s (MAA) Soccer program has kept pace with these changes with the introduction three years ago of its development program and one year later of its soccer tots division.
The relationship between MAA Soccer and its training partner, Empire Soccer Academy (ESA), have fostered many of these changes. Peter Hulse and Michael Todd founded ESA and employ trainers with diverse soccer backgrounds (including former Manchester United and Liverpool club players and several trainers who have represented their countries’ respective national teams).
ESA’s trainers share a common love for teaching the game and providing young children with an opportunity to learn the game in a fun and challenging environment.
“All of the guys are fully aware of their “role model” responsibilities and we look to hire the kind of person that you can see was born to teach and is great around children,” Hulse said.
ESA’s training philosophy includes a more cerebral approach than the typical training program. Hulse explains each ESA coach is mandated to “teach the kids the subtle nuances of the game” and ensure the young athletes are “constantly moving, touching the ball, thinking, problem-solving etc”
The group trains all MAA Soccer intramural and travel players. Hulse and the dedicated volunteers that help run the MAA Soccer program are constantly looking for ways to improve the program and the past few years have seen many positive changes. He is especially pleased with the recent additions of the Development and Soccer Tots programs.
“The Developmental Program has been a great success and the Soccer Tots program is about to go from strength to strength as we recently partnered with another company who specializes in training our youngest age groups,” Hulse said. “This fall we will be running the Empire Kickstart Program which will do even more to make sure the children love coming to soccer practice.”
MAA Soccer offers programs beginning with children as young as 3 years of age (must be turning 4 during the current year). As the organization has added and improved its programs, it has worked closely with ESA to ensure it remains a very valuable program (the programs cost between $70 and $150 per player, per season).
To learn more about or register for the MAA Soccer programs please visit us at www.mineolaaa.org. Registration for the fall is ongoing but early-registration rates will apply only to July 31.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”
Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.