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Napoli Writes A Children’s Book

Mineola’s Linda Napoli, a retired reading teacher, draws inspiration for her children’s books from the people around her. The seed was planted for Sailing Away on a Rainy Day, her first book, published in 2012, from a chance comment she made to one of her students, Jessica, a tiny third-grader. It was a windy day and Napoli joked to the girl, “Don’t let the wind blow you away.”

 

In the story, illustrated by Raynald Kudemus and published by Xlibris, Jessica is carrying a bunch of balloons to give to her friends and gets swept up in the air, which carries her over shops, the zoo and the park. The wind settles down into a gentle breeze and Jessica floats down at the door of her school, just as the bell rings.

 

The inspiration for Wild Vegetarians, her book published this year, also illustrated by Kudemus and published by Xlibris, was her 6-year-old nephew, Joseph, and 4-year old niece, Sofia, who are being raised as vegetarians. Napoli says the two children are always asking “why” and so she imagined the conversations that might take place between the brother and sister when they’re a little older, “trying to put myself in the minds of the children.”

 

In Wild Vegetarians, Sofia asks her older brother why they are vegetarians. He says, “Mom and Dad believe it’s wrong to kill any animal or fish so we can it eat.” Sophia wonders if her family is the only family that thinks that way, and Joseph tells her about other people who are vegetarians and names some wild creatures such as squirrels in the backyard that don’t eat meat, and then tells her about giraffes and elephants in Africa, pandas in China, caribou in Canada and tortoises in South America.

 

Even dinosaurs make his list of wild vegetarians. The book combines drawings and photographs of wild animals. “I thought including photographs would make it more interesting and different,” says Napoli.

 

Napoli says she tried to put herself into the minds of the children who would encounter meat-eating children in their schools. Following practices that are not part of the mainstream is something that the Napoli family has encountered personally. The Napolis raised their three sons,

who are now adults, as Ethical Humanists, a religion that emphasizes ethical behavior and helping others to achieve their best. 

 

When her children were young, Napoli became very involved in the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, in Garden City, and put her teaching skills to good use as the director of the Sunday School.

 

“Finding out that there were others who identify as humanists was important to the development of my sons,” she said, “and they received a solid foundation in comparative religion and ethical behavior as well.”

 

Napoli says she has no immediate plans for another book.

 

Her two books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris.


News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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