This is 11-year-old Mineola resident Maggie Bertuccio’s acrylic painting of a sunset.
Senator Jack Martins, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Legislator Rich Nicolello will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Mineola. The program will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mineola Library at 195 Marcellus Rd., Mineola.
The KidPix program gives parents a convenient way to keep their children’s important information on a single, wallet sized ID card. The KidPix card includes the child’s name, physical description, contact information, and photograph.
Susan Corsello was recently hired as Village of East Williston Library Director, and made her second appearance at a Village of East Williston Board Meeting earlier this month.
Corsello sees the library as playing a special role in any community, serving as a meeting place for residents, and has expressed a particular admiration for her job as providing an outlet to interact with the community on a daily basis.
The long, leisurely and lovely days of summer will soon be here. It’s an ideal time for tanning, hanging out with friends and watching teen movie marathons. However, it’s also a good time for students to spread their wings.
Karen Cordani, a guidance counselor at Mineola High School, recommends students try new, or build on old, hobbies during the time off.
With tears welling up in his eyes, Mineola School Board trustee William Hornberger presided over his final meeting last week. He announced last April he would not seek re-election. Newcomer Margaret Ballantyne-Mannion won an unopposed election in May and will fill the open seat vacated by Hornberger.
He was first elected to the board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, serving as board president and vice president in that span. The Williston Park resident oversaw the reconfiguration of the district, which included the closing of the Cross Street and Willis Avenue schools, one of the more challenging times in the district’s history. Those two schools have since been leased out to Solomon Schechter Day School and Harbor Child Care, respectively.
The Mineola School District is debating the fate of the Latin program offered for foreign language requirements in Mineola High School, due to the possible retirement of the program’s lone teacher, Gigi Foge, in 2016, and the lack of certified Latin teachers. Officials say the program will not disappear.
“We’re not cutting Latin,” School Board President Artie Barnett said.
Fifteen seventh-graders have expressed interest in studying Latin next year. Mineola also offers Spanish, Italian and French.
Brady was invited to present at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and received high honors from the Long Island Science Congress. Her project dealt with the ability of fungi in the roots of plants to help them filter out pollutants from the soil. She will attend Northeastern University in September.
Mueller also presented at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and received an achievement award from LISC. She checked if Tween-80 could increase the rate at which microbes degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to remove it from water and soil in Oyster Bay. She will also attend Northeastern University.
Two alumni of Mineola Middle School recently completed their four years at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale.
Daniel Gavin and Stephen Bohner graduated during a ceremony held on Hofstra University’s North campus on June 1. Both boys met the many challenges of high school and were members of the National Honor Society.
Third-graders from Jackson Avenue School became app designers for a day. As the culmination to a project-based learning activity, students showed off their apps, which were designed to help others at the local or global level.
Presentations included songs, posters, Keynotes and iMovie videos, which were completed on district-issued iPads. Students created apps to assist organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Feeding America and the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Representatives from many of the organizations attended the expo, with genuine interest in the students’ ideas.
— From the Jackson Avenue School
Beacon Church is hosting its first annual DADfest, a free event open to everyone, on Sunday, June 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 65 East Williston Ave. in East Williston.
The Father’s Day event will have fun activities, including Dad Wars, jousting, wrestling suits, a football toss, a dunk tank, sports and games and a family photo booth. There will be a Fire and Ice Show by Mad Science of Long Island for kids at 1 p.m. Official food vendors include New Hyde Park eateries Paulie’s Ices, and Fire House BBQ, as well as Manorville’s Hot Diggity Dog Truck.
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