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Letter: Escobar Responds To Norma Busching

Thank you for your concern and I am sorry that you feel that way. I want you to know that I welcome a dialogue with you concerning the High School and our students’ academic achievement. I agree that academics is the primary reason students are in school and I am proud of the academic achievements of our high school students.

 

During the year we honor students for their many different academic accomplishments. This year alone we celebrated the successes of a National Merit Semi-Finalist, AP scholars, the National Honor Society which is a nationally recognized organization for our juniors, the National Science Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society to name a few.

 

Actually, Newsday just reported that Mineola High School did very well in recent graduation and regents statistics. Our graduation rate was 93.7 percent which was comparable, if not better, than many Nassau County school districts. 

 

At the Junior Honor Society Ceremony I gave a speech to the students and parents honoring their academic achievements, their service to the school community and their leadership. I told them that they are the future leaders of our school community. 

 

At Mineola High School, we recognize all of our students’ diverse achievements and as educators we prioritize academics. 

 

I understand your concern and I welcome your input in making Mineola High School a better place.

 

— Edward Escobar


News

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com