If Terence Hale thought he could save the Mineola School District or himself from trouble and expense, he was sorely mistaken.
Irene Parrino isn’t going anywhere.
A month ago, Parrino—an attorney who has served as a trustee alongside Vice President Hale since 2010 but was unseated in the most recent election—filed a petition with the state Department of Education demanding Hale’s removal. That entails a hearing process in Albany that would chew up district resources.
Mineola doesn’t fancy itself as a San Francisco treat, but if the $360 million Nassau Hub plan comes to fruition, residents could see a trolly-style-like tram rolling down East Second Street. Funding for the trolley would likely be funded by the federal government, according to village officials.
Nassau County spent a $5.1 million federal grant on the county/Federal Transit Authority-led feasibility study analyzing the practical nature of a transportation service through Mineola, as part of the Nassau Hub plan. One end of the plan would be the Mineola Train Station, with the Hempstead Bus and Rail Station being the other.
Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with confusion to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including five from Mineola, ranging in age from 23 to 50.
The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs. That, some feel, is an over-reach. East Williston Attorney Jeff Kalenka thinks prostitution is a problem, but thought publishing the names “embarrasses” the men caught in the act.
“It doesn’t surprise me although I do disagree with what Kathleen Rice did because I think the ‘Johns’ or reported ‘Johns’ are innocent until proven guilty and to put their names in the paper embarrasses them, embarrasses their families and possibly unintended victims like their children,” Kalenka said outside the Mineola train station.
Be on the lookout Mineola, because red light cameras will be watching village motorists by the end of the summer. Nassau County will install cameras at the intersection of Mineola Boulevard and Jericho Turnpike as well as Willis Avenue and the turnpike.
Four cameras will be put up at the Mineola Boulevard traffic light, with three being erected at the Willis location. An additional traffic camera could not be installed at Wills because there is not enough room to place a camera for the westbound direction, according to county officials.
Mineola School Board Vice President Terence Hale will resign from his post on July 2 under pressure from a soon-to-be-former colleague.
Trustee Irene Parrino, who was unseated by challenger Patricia Navarra in the latest school board election, served Hale with papers requesting the New York State Education Commissioner John B. King remove Hale from his seat. That would require state hearings.
Hale decided to step down instead—to save the school district the legal fees that a state hearing would entail.
Holly Bennardo thinks she is a person. She loves to sit next to her human, Dorrie, on the sofa and watch TV, resting her head on Dorrie’s shoulder. When she gets dog biscuits as rewards she hides them in the sofa cushions and goes back at a later time to retrieve them and eat them.
Dr. Mary Carlson is a foot and ankle specialist, but she gives more than just medical assistance. Her charity, Shoes For All, has provided struggling communities with sandals, sneakers, high heels, boots and more for almost three years, according to Carlson, its president and founder, and that’s only half of it.
Carl Marchese wanted to the Memorial Day Parade on May 27 honor those who couldn’t march that day, because they fought the good fight but couldn’t come home to their families.
Marchese, commander of American Legion Mineola Memorial Post No. 349 and everyone else assembled at Wilson Park at 10:30 a.m. Memorial wreaths were delivered to the Village Hall on Saturday, May 25.
The melodic poetry of Irish poet William Butler Yeats and the rhythms of Irish folk songs could be heard escaping through the doors of Mineola High School’s auditorium on May 29. The one-hour concert was the first of its kind at the school and the product of a co-curricular collaboration between vocal teacher Megan Messina and English teacher Michael Furey.
Shadow Farrell, who lives in Williston Park, is a 6-month old Scottish terrier. Shadow is a fun, playful, and sweet puppy. He loves to chase anything. He will chase balls, toys, leafs, and basically anything that moves.
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