Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00
For the past three years, I have had the honor and responsibility of being a representative of the Herricks School District as a trustee of the Herricks School Board, and this year serving as its President. Three years ago, an over whelming endorsement of my candidacy took place when a record number taxpaying residents came out in the pouring rain to vote for a new board of education member, and for the Herricks school budget. These voters represented parents, young adults, senior citizens, and empty-nesters from the many communities that make up
Herricks and all of its fabulous religious and cultural diversity. This year I am running for re-election for another three year term with no opposition. I hope it represents a wonderful endorsement of my past three years on the Board and the time and effort I have put in as a school board member.
Together with my current fellow school board members and the senior administrative team, we have made great strides in protecting the integrity of the Herricks School System. We have approved new labor contracts with the Cafeteria workers and HAAS (the administrators union) more in step with the current economy, and more in tune with our future fiscal forecast. We are also working very hard to try and secure a responsible and financially fair and sound contract with the teachers union, using those same financial parameters, to chart a stellar course for the future.
On May 20, the Herricks School District will propose for voter approval a new budget well within the state’s tax cap formula. The budget increase is 2.84 percent with a tax levy of a 1.73 percent. There will also be a proposal for a new bond of approximately $3.5M. This bond proposal replaces an existing bond that is expiring next year. It will cause no increase in the current tax schedule for homeowners and it includes necessary work. The three main components in the bond are A) New boilers in the Middle School to keep our children warm, the old boilers are over 50 years old; B) New roof and ventilation upgrade at the middle school to keep the rain/water outside instead of inside, along with a new roof over the Denton Avenue gymnasium and; C) the replacement of non-functioning windows at the high school as the remaining money will allow after the roofs and boilers are complete.
I strongly urge all my Herricks neighbors and friends to please come out and vote yes on May 20th for the upcoming school budget and bond, and while there cast a vote for me as well. Our community needs your support and as always, I want to thank you in advance of your support.
Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00
A bunch of fruit in a bowl may not be that exciting to look at, that is unless you’re looking at them from Nancy Colleary’s point of view. Through her still life paintings, the she explores shadows, colors and light to make the most ordinary objects appear beautiful.
From her in-home studio, she continues to hold classes and work on her own projects, which includes paintings that are on display at Walk Street in Garden City and Chef’s Corner in Mineola.
Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00
Former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman is set for a new job, as a financial consultant to the Town of North Hempstead. Weitzman, who served as Nassau County comptroller for two terms from 2001 to 2008, told the Anton Newspapers that he will concentrate on preparing the town’s 2015 budget.
Weitzman’s contract will then be retroactive to Aug. 26 after its town boad approval. The draft of the budget is due by Sept. 28.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Michael Patalano of Andrews Road was named one two captains on the Kellenberg Memorial High School varsity football team recently. He played for the Mineola Chiefs for five years, which prepared him for football at the next level. He has three younger sisters. Two of them play sports for the Mineola Mustangs.