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Mineola Junior Fire Department Holds 16th Annual Pasta Dinner

Junior firefighters serve pasta and auction prizes to raise funds for their programs.

Warm weather and the promise of all-you-can-eat food led to a massive turnout Sunday for the 16th annual Mineola Junior Fire Department Pasta Dinner at the .

The village hall parking lot as well as the one adjacent the  and the other municipal lots were all full as residents took advantage of the special day.

Mineola Fire Department member John DaVanzo reported that there had been a couple hundred of tickets sold about only an hour after the doors opened at noon.

“We let the seniors who come for lunch in at 11:30,” Ex-Mineola Fire Chief Gary Mazur said, adding that much of the work setting up for the event had been done Saturday by members working a 12-hour shift and final preparations Sunday morning.

Currently celebrating its 36th anniversary of service to the Mineola community, the junior fire department also sponsored a very large Chinese auction and a silent auction to raise money for some of their current programs. Some of the prizes included baskets with expensive toiletries, children’s toys, gift certificates and an overnight stay for two at the Oheka Castle.

The event acts as a fundraiser for the junior department, which in turn donates to various organizations such as New York State Firemen’s Home, the Wounded Warrior’s program, as well as 9/11 funds and fund programs such as the , German Junior Fire Department.

Also assisting the food line were students from nearby . “We love to help out the fire department,” Bro. Lawrence Syriac, S.M. said, handing out meatballs to diners.

Robert J. Pape, Jr. March 12, 2012 at 05:18 PM
The Mineola Junior Fire Department program is one of the finest junior fire training programs on Long Island. The education and training received by these young people form the dedicated members of the Mineola Fire Department is remarkable. My son received excellent training and learned the importance of commitment and community service from this program. I am personally grateful to the Mineola Fire Department for this. I wish the junior program continued excellent success.
William Gresalfi March 13, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Thanks Robert, R.J. was a pleasure to have in our program. We are so glad to hear that he is doing so well after finishing his years with Mineola Junior Fire Department.
Robert J. Pape, Jr. March 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Bill: Many thanks for your kind comments. RJ is a member of Manhasset-Lakeville FD, a NYS EMT and he became a member of the Port Washington Police Department in last June. Again, thanks for your positive influence on him. I will always be grateful. Bob
William Gresalfi March 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Bob, I am very happy to hear RJ is set in his profession. Being in his hometown police department is a great accomplishment and I know he will serve the residents of Port Washington well. Past on our congratulations to him.

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