Swimmers of all skill-levels are invited to enjoy a fun-filled morning while raising funds for a worthy cause at Winthrop-University Hospital’s Ninth Annual Swim-a-Thon on Sunday, April 18 from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Hofstra University’s Swim Center. Open to swimmers ages 6 and older, the swim-a-thon will raise vital funds for the hospital’s Child Life Program through which certified Child Life Specialists utilize play and education to improve the understanding of medical procedures; teach relaxation techniques to help the patients cope with illness or surgery, and provide emotional support for the entire family.
The 1st Annual Soldiers Walk will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15. The walk will be held at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Marina at the end of South Street, starting at 8 a.m. The Soldier’s Walk is to benefit America’s VetDogs, a nonprofit group that supplies service dogs to veterans.
The students and their friends attended a meeting of the East Norwich Civic Association where Sgt. Tony Larson, an injured veteran of the war in Iraq and his service dog Tomme met with the public. Mr. Larson, 29, a resident of Minnesota spoke about how his life has changed for the better since receiving his service dog, Tomme.
As I conclude a five-year stint as publicity director for the Mineola Athletics Booster Club and primary correspondent on behalf of the Mineola American for Mineola High School Varsity Athletics, I am emboldened by a young student who has stepped up to fill the void in my absence.
The Mineola girls basketball team fresh from coming off their first conference championship in over 30 years had another victorious night as their coach and all five starters won various awards at the Annual Nassau County Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Dinner, held March 23 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
Five years ago, Mineola high school varsity baseball coaches Helms Bohringer and Barry Silverstein were saying that 2010 was going to be the year for the Mineola baseball program.
Well, the 2010 season is here and the varsity baseball team is rolling. After missing the playoffs by just one game last year, coach Bohringer doesn’t want that to happen again, which is why he and coach Silverstein have arranged a trip for the baseball team to go down to the North Carolina/Virginia area to have a spring training right before the league games start for the new season.
Mark your calendar now for an inspirational day: Sunday, May 16. That’s when thousands of women and those who love them most will gather at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh for “Every Woman Matters: A Walk for Women and Their Families.” Proceeds from the 5K walk, to take place along the boardwalk in celebration of women’s health and wellness, will benefit the new Katz Women’s Hospital and Women’s Health Institute of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt honored New York’s Special Olympic athletes at a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Special Olympics New York (SONY). The event highlighted SONY’s mission statement of providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with developmental disabilities while giving them continuing opportunities to improve physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
In a March 1 column in Newsday, Steve Marcus proved how off base one can be in assessing the current state of local college basketball. His harsh criticism of Hofstra University’s basketball program in contrast to SUNY Stony Brook’s neophyte hoop success is unfair and untrue. While no one can downgrade the great story that head coach Steve Pikiell’s Seawolves are writing as they improve from doormat to conference champion in the mediocre America East Conference, there is no doubt which is the finest college basketball program in the Metropolitan area over the past 10 years – the Hofstra Pride. The boys from Hempstead have a better record than BCS conference foes from St. John’s (with multiple victories over the Red Storm over the past few years) and Seton Hall as well as Manhattan and the disastrous Fordham program – all considered to be much higher profile schools from larger basketball denizens with storied hardwood histories.
The Mineola boys winter track and field team just completed its most successful season in school history. Despite the horrid weather this season, the team finished second at their conference championship meet, scoring 129 points. The team more than doubled last year’s performance of 57 points at the conference championship meet and toppled their all-time record of 70 points at the meet.
The Mineola varsity girls basketball team finished off the 2009-2010 season with a flourish as it defeated Jericho High School in the final game of the season to capture the conference championship. This win put a cap on a great season where the girls rolled to a 10-2 league record and a 15-2 overall team record.
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