Nassau County’s top amateur soccer club and two-time defending Long Island division 1 champions had a brand new setup entering the 2010/11 season. Calling it a “rebuilding phase,” club president Marco Dafonte shifted a majority of last year’s Long Island championship team to the reserve squad (affectionately known as “the people’s team”).
Congratulations to Mineola runners Patrick Hoey and Barbara Cronin Stagnari for their award winning performances in the 23rd annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run on Dec. 18. Hoey finished in 8th place overall with a time of 17:48, to earn him the first place award in the 25-29 age group. Cronin-Stagnari scored in 23:10, good for second place honors in the women’s 45-49 age group.
Trips to the beach, ice cream cones and no school. Those are just some of the wonderful things that come to mind when one thinks about summer.
Yes, I know it may feel like some far away destination now, especially as the snow shovels and rock salt make their first public appearance. But it will be here in the blink of an eye.
The New York Islanders teamed up with EmblemHealth to bring toys and holiday cheer to dozens of young hospital patients in Queens and Long Island. The event was the culmination of last week’s holiday shopping spree when players and their families personally selected gifts at Toys“R”Us. Both events were sponsored by EmblemHealth, which provides health insurance through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York.
Nassau County residents who are college students can enjoy a special “College Total Health Pass” to the Nassau County Aquatic Center during winter break that provides unlimited access to the Olympic-size swimming pool and the state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the pool, for a fee of only $35. The Health Pass is good now through Jan. 31, 2011.
The Mineola Physical Education department congratulated Lacey Fater and Thomas Satalino on being awarded the Nassau County Physical Education Student of the Year Award recipients. Lacey and Tom were recognized along with two recipients from each school in Nassau County at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Monday Dec.13.
The Mineola Boys Basketball team has high expectations for this upcoming season in which the head coach and players think that they have a good amount of talent to bring them towards their first playoff appearance since 2008. Head coach Jim Hegmann has built this team into a more shooting-base team considering the lack of big men down low on the court.
On Sunday, Nov. 21, the Saint Aidan’s 8th Grade Boys team defeated Long Beach 2-1 to capture the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Soccer Championship. Under the lights in Merrick Park, the 8th grade team took on a talented Long Beach squad and battled all night long.
Long Beach led during the first half 1-0 but St. Aidan’s didn’t let up. Brian Moran and Jake Conners pounded the ball at Long Beach’s goalie who came up with one miraculous save after another.
Every year the Mineola Athletic Department hosts a College Recruitment night. Wayne Mazzoni, a published author on the subject and Division I baseball coach is the guest speaker on those evenings.
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