In 2012, Howard Kroplick was named town historian for the Town of North Hempstead. Now, two years later, he has published a pictorial history of the town, simply titled North Hempstead, a volume brought out by Arcadia Publishing as part of its extensive Images of America series.
“As town historian, it was the logical thing to write such a book,” Kroplick said. “This is the first published book on the town.” The volume, he added, is “long overdue” and also a publication that coincides with the 400th anniversary of the town’s discovery by the Dutch explorer, Adriaen Block.
The 127-page volume has a generous selection of photos chronicling the history of the town from Native American times to the original Dutch and English settlers and its steady evolution to one of the 100 “Best Places to Live in America.”
The Mineola Village Board enacted the 2 percent tax cap override at last week’s board of trustees meeting, voting 3-0. Trustees Paul Cusato and George Durham were absent from the vote. This will give the village the ability to exceed the tax cap if needed.
“We’ve done this every year since the 2 percent cap law has been put on the books,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “We have no intention this year, just like last year, of going over the cap.”
Budget hearings have not been scheduled yet. This is the earliest the village has enacted the override. Last year, Mineola activated the override in April.
Joyce Rhim, Mineola High School senior, has been named a finalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. With approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is what enables High School students to enter the National Merit Program. Rhim is one of only 15,000 students in the nation to reach finalist standing and is now eligible for one of the 8,000 Merit Scholarships.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. The next phase of this competition is underway and Joyce should receive final notification of her status in March.
The Village of Mineola announced that it purchased a bandshell 73-feet wide and 38-feet deep last week. The bandshell is part of the ongoing revamp of Memorial Park, which is set for significant upgrades in 2014.
Built by Michigan-based Porter Corporation, the bandshell cost $78,185 and will be paid for by development incentive bonus funding, which consists of monies Mineola has received from other projects.
The bandshell would be built on the south end of the park near the Mineola Memorial Library and stand 22 feet high at its peak. Lighting will be installed for security, according to officials.
Girl Scout cookie lovers all across the country can see the faces of two sisters from Albertson on two different cookie boxes. Madeleine Jex, 14, from Troop 1100, is featured on the Samoas, and her younger sister, Bailey, a Brownie from Troop 53, is featured on the
Savannah Smiles. The sisters are excited to be selling cookie boxes with their faces on them, and they are very grateful to have this memory to hold on to forever.
The Jex sisters were chosen to be on the boxes after they submitted an essay about the skills that they learned in Scouts. Several girls were chosen to go on a photo shoot in 2011; however, only the best photos were chosen.
Mineola High School: What is success? What does success mean to you?
“Success often comes with large amounts of dedication and effort, as it usually means achieving goals set far in the past. It is the feeling of content when everything turns out the way it was intended to, or sometimes even better than planned. To me, success would be following my dreams to build a career in the fashion business, becoming a better athlete, and having stronger relationships with my friends and family.”
Surrounded by a group of Mineola High School friends who supported his successful run for school board when he was just 18, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli recently celebrated his 60th birthday at the New Hyde Park Inn.
Winning the school board seat made him the first 18-year-old to hold public office in New York State. Now the 54th comptroller for the state, he has held that position since 2007. In the intervening years, DiNapoli spent two decades representing Nassau County’s 16th Assembly District.
The Mineola School District will discuss disbanding its finance committee at its business meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27, citing inactivity and lack of consistent work. Talks were scheduled for last week’s school board meeting, but that was canceled due the blizzard that rocked the Northeast.
District officials say the board of education would either assign work throughout the school year to the committee, or disband the group and call on them during budget season, which is approaching. Mineola reps feel because of the 2 percent tax cap, the budget process is not labor-intensive unless districts are cutting staff or programs.
While half of marriages end in divorce today, one East Williston couple has a word of advice to current and future newlyweds: patience. Jim and Barbara Sandquist will be married for 64 years on Oct. 7 and will renew their vows on Valentine’s Day at Harbor Links in Port Washington, along with 90 other couples.
“You have to be forgiving,” Jim said. “You need to understand your partner and how they feel.”
Barbara says Jim is the one to not lose his temper, which keeps both of them in check during trying times.
A stormy winter is turning sand and salt into hot commodities in Mineola and across Long Island—despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pledge to send us an extra 400 tons of the stuff, 200 tons each to Nassau and Suffolk.
“We are in a salt shortage,” said Tom Rini, village public works superintendent, adding that he has heard from neighboring municipalities, including North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, that their reserves are nearly tapped too.
“There’s been challenges,” Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss said. “Normally, snow comes and goes, but this time, it’s decided to stay with us. The snow can only pile up so high. We’ve had flooding issues as well as salt issues.”
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