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Cuomo Talks Ebola After School Visit

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00

Gov. Andrew Cuomo stood fast in his reasoning of home quarantine guidelines for returning healthcare workers that treated Ebola patients in West Africa, after a school technology talk at Mineola Middle School last week. He said he disagrees with the federal government’s response to the disease and thinks a quarantine could be lawfully enforced if needed.


“All we’re saying is healthcare workers who were exposed to infected people, or citizens coming from those countries who were exposed to infected people, need to have a 21-day quarantine at home,” Cuomo said. “I believe people will comply. If they don’t, it’s legally enforceable that we can mandate the quarantine. I don’t believe it’s going to come to that.”


Smart Schools Group Meets In Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured Mineola Middle School last week before touting the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, which he says would level the playing field in terms of technology in schools.


“Change is scary,” Cuomo said. “We’re pushing hard. Why? Because we have to. The educational system in New York must improve. The single best dramatic transformation is going to be technology. If you think about it, education is one of the few areas where technology has not been utilized.”


Zuckerman Lays Out His Goals

Written by Joe Scotchie Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Peter Zuckerman is running as the Democratic Party’s incumbent candidate for 2nd District on the Town of North Hempstead Council. The district encompasses the villages in the Mineola area. 


“Nine months ago, I was recommended by Supervisor Judi Bosworth and approved with bipartisan support of the Town Board. This has been a dream job for me,” Zuckerman told the

Mineola American, on explaining why he is running for office. “I had the pleasure of serving the residents of the incorporated Village of East Hills for 11 great years, but this job has given me the opportunity to expand the area I represent and, thus, the opportunity to be of service to a greater number of people.”


Vets Exemption Hearing On Nov. 6

Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:10

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.


Parente Vies For Town Council Seat

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.


“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Tax Break Issues Create Board Scuffle

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

Tax breaks for the new apartment complexes have Mineola School Board officials alleging they weren’t consulted in cementing long-term tax relief, while influxes of school-aged children could create class size issues and budget planning problems. However, Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss argues that isn’t the case.


“There were numerous hearings held [in Village Hall],” Strauss said. “They were invited. No one representing the school district participated. “I invite the school board to work

cooperatively with the village board as we review other projects.”


Hardware Store Has Rich History

Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.


“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”


Opt-Out Rates In Mineola Schools Quite Small

Written by Dan Offner Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.


According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Village OKs Fitness Center In Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.


“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


Schools Talk Hygiene In Enterovirus Scare

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV-D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.


The enterovirus disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.


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