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.
Arjun Kapoor and Sahil Abbi found out on Facebook that they, along with Connecticut teammate Connor Abbot, were selected as regional finalists in the national Siemens science competition. This team will be among 100 students nationwide competing for regional prizes of $3,000 in November and possibly a grand national prize of $100,000, to be awarded in December.
Kapoor has worked with Stony Brook math professor Dr. Yeufan Deng for the last two years. After his first year, Kapoor looked to continue his research over the summer and reached out to Abbi to meet with Deng and Abbott.
The Mineola School District will hold a Common Core town hall on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mineola Middle School music room. A Mineola staff-only panel will field questions from concerned parents on the new state testing module, which has been subject to controversy and criticism across New York.
The state reported a 40 percent drop in test scores at the beginning of the school year across Long Island in third- through eighth-grade English and math scores. Mineola’s scores for common core English tests showed student proficiency at 39.8 percent with math grades coming in at just 43.7 percent.
The Village of Mineola is in the final phases of its part of the three-segment Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation Project, a plan that should stymie drainge issues on the Mineola/Carle Place border. Village workers will begin building a bifurcated catch basin in the Wilson Park sump south of Westbury Avenue.
An existing 36-inch drainage pipe in the sump will be replaced with a 48-inch pipe. The village will demolish an existing manhole, which would be replaced by a new 8-foot diameter manhole and 48-inch headwall.
The East Williston Village Board of Trustees approved the demolition of the controversial 8 Sumter Avenue property on Wednesday Oct. 16, awarding the contract to J. Galvin Construction Incorporated for $28,500.
Should the board not receive a confirmation in writing that certain miscellaneous items, which a list has been devised, will be included in the demolition, a contract will be awarded to Amport Design and Construction for $61,653. Both companies submitted bids for the job last month.
Referring to the $33,153 difference in the two bids, Mayor David Tanner said that subsequent to conversations and clarifications, they “seem to be comparable in terms of the scope of work provided.” A provision on part of the bid by J
Galvin Construction is that if hazardous materials are found on the site, extra costs may be incurred.
When lives are touched by the hand of tragedy, many often turn to help others similarly afflicted; with their unique understanding of the situation, such giving souls often make for the most qualified to ease the hardships of others.
Elaine Polan, a 23-year Mineola resident, has faced the terrible loss of two family members to breast cancer. However, she has taken this tragic occurrence and spun it into something positive; she has just completed an intensive 20-hour training program enabling her to become a volunteer with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, a cause that is very near and dear to her heart.
It’s been depicted in movies and on TV, but dismissed. The concept seems progressive, but is open for discussion. Would you put your say on an important matter in the hands of your mobile device? One Mineola-based company has seen success on a small scale in the private sector, but is dreaming bigger.
VotRite, a company that specializes in electronic and mobile voting, offers digital alternatives to standard voting machines and has hosted elections for organizations across the country.
Residents across Nassau County are being hit with sharp school tax rate increases, leaving politicians pointing fingers and school administrators blaming a broken property assessment system and specifically, valuation reductions on commercial properties.
The latest school tax bills, reflecting the higher rates, were be mailed to Mineola residents last week.
District figures show the school tax rate for Mineola homeowners increasing by 6.1 percent.
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