Despite the United States being one of the largest and most powerful nations on the planet, there are still millions of poverty-stricken citizens who lay their heads upon their pillows each and every night with a growling in their stomachs; hunger, at times, seems like all they’ve ever known.
However, there are people out there more than willing to help to combat this epidemic. Among them is Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank, which works to help the hungry across Long Island, feeding essentially about 300,000 people a year; that comes to about one out of every ten Long Islanders who simply aren’t getting enough to eat, according to Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of the charity.
Photography is not a hobby for Lauren Miceli. The Mineola resident sees it as an avenue for her future. Miceli, 16, showcased a flair for the dark side with her work that was on display during the recent “Nightmare on Main Street” exhibition at the Huntington Arts Council.
The Wheatley School student gained honorable mention status at last year’s exhibit with a photo dubbed “Ghostly.” The image was featured in The New York Times.
“I’m engrossed with the idea of how you can capture a single moment in time and freeze it and it’s there forever,” she said.
Bolla Market will be back in front of the Mineola Village Board Wednesday, Nov. 13 to answer and hear public comment from residents on its plan to construct a 24-hour Exxon gas station and convenience store at 449 Jericho Turnpike.
The site abuts residential homes.
Bolla Market CEO Harry Singh did not get a warm welcome the first time around, on Oct. 9. More than 90 residents attended the meeting.
White Road resident Stan Wojis has lived near the site since 1980. He opposes the 24-hour gas station.
With “Taste and Style” coming to Jericho Terrace in Mineola on Thursday, Nov. 14, Mineola Chamber of Commerce President Bill Greene and Vice President Tony Lubrano have one theme to stress: hometown business and organization enrichment.
These annual, massive events were done almost every year dating back to 2005. Originally, the chambers two nights focusing on taste and style with “Taste of Mineola” and “Mineola In Style.” Chamber reps at the time decided to split the two, holding each event every other year.
“It got hard to do both events, so we combined them into “Taste and Style.” We’ve been doing this every other year for a long time now,” Lubrano, owner of Piccola Bussola, said.
Graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a business and an American studies degree, Mineola teacher Glenn Cocoman didn’t immediately turn into the admirable and highly praised social studies teacher he is today. In fact, he was a world away from muckrakers, reform-minded journalists, or the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. Instead of educating children on how to perfect their document-based questions skills, he was coaching the junior varsity basketball team at Division High School in Levittown how to score from the free-throw line.
Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank and Cinema Arts Centre will present a special screening of the documentary A Place At The Table, followed by a panel discussion about the issue of hunger on Long Island on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The film reveals the realities of hunger in America.
The panel will include End Hunger Network founder/chef and food activist Tom Colicchio, U.S. Representative Steve Israel, Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest and WCBS Newsradio 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. The discussion will be moderated by New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine.
The Wheatley School is a considered a top school in the country after making the recent Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 1,000 in the United States. It was ranked 92nd (62nd in 2012) 25th in New York State and fourth on Long Island.
According to the Daily Beast, the list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).
For Kurtis Bassmann, art is a hobby, but with a serious twist. He focuses on architecture at the Wheatley School, but has a flair for darkness when it comes to his two pieces that were on display Nov. 1, during the “Nightmare on Main
Street” exhibition at the Huntington Arts Council.
The East Williston resident has been drawing since he was 4 years old. Bassmann, 17, designs his work in art teacher Nicole Walsh’s class. He called it a twist of fate.
On December 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire with a handgun while on board a Long Island Rail Road train in Garden City; when he was finally subdued by surviving passengers, the hateful and mentally unbalanced man had claimed the lives of six people and injured 19 others, tearing countless lives asunder in the process.
Ferguson was convicted for his crimes, which sparked a national debate on gun control at the time, and is currently serving a sentence of 315 years and 8 months to life in a New York correctional facility; his earliest possible parole date is in 2309, thus ensuring that he will never hurt another innocent soul again.
With the election fast approaching, the Carle Place Civic Association recently hosted a number of political hopefuls in a “Meet the Candidates” night. In front of a packed room of local residents, each of a bevy of candidates was given a chance to make an impression on prospective voters.
Both seasoned pols seeking another shot as well as newcomers to the political arena came to educate the public on their experience and platforms.
Edward P. Mangano has served as County Executive for the past four years, after ousting eight-year incumbent Tom Suozzi in 2009. Mangano highlighted differences between the Nassau County helmed by Suozzi and the state of the County today, citing improvements in taxes, business, and crime rates.
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