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Rain Can’t Douse Mineola's Spirit

32nd homecoming a lively event despite loss  

Hundreds came out to the Mineola High School homecoming parade this past Saturday to support the Mustangs. The parade marched its way down Jericho Turnpike to the home field near Hampton Street, despite a pouring rain. The damp weather could not dampen the spirits of students participating in the parade or the cheering of the enthusiastic spectators.

 

Car horns could be heard honking for miles around, as well as shouts of the school’s seniors. When the parade reached the football field, the school spirit and community pride brought Hampton Street Stadium’s energy to its apex. 

Sporting red bandannas, football jerseys and massive bags of glitter, upperclassmen ran up and down the street making sure everything in their line of sight was doused with an abundance of rainbow sparkle. The homecoming court was led by King Leo Garry and Queen Kathryn Priolo, with supporting courtiers Junior Princess Julianna Caruso, Sophomore Princess Meghan LaFaye and Freshman Princess Anne Cripps. 

 

Katie Barnwell, Michelle Sentra and Bonnie Small sang the national anthem just before the Mustangs took the field against the West Hempstead Rams. The Rams beat the Mustangs, 35-7.

 

This year’s game showcased a new inflatable tunnel and archway, through which the football players made their entrance onto the field, won by the MHS Booster Club in an MSG Varsity contest.

 

Homecoming is something the Mustangs do not take lightly. There’s a whole day of advance preparations for the event. The seniors take the privilege of trashing, or as they’d call it “decorating,” the school. Students rise early to paint their faces red, black or white, have “Mustangs” written across their torso in marker, or figuring out a garb that will properly showcase their school spirit. It’s all part of the fun. 


News

The Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.

The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.

 

“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”

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.


Sports

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. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

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.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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