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Mineola School Board Shuffle

Written by Rich Forestano, Tuesday, 09 July 2013 00:00

Trustees sworn in; Barnett, Napolitano named president, VP

After a tumultuous end to the school year, the Mineola School District reorganized its board of education on Tuesday, July 2, swearing in newcomers Patricia Navarra and Nicole Matzer. The board elevated Artie Barnett and Christine Napolitano to board president and vice president, respectively. William Hornberger will serve as trustee and report on finance committee happenings.

Navarra replaces trustee Irene Parrino, who lost her seat to Navarra in the recent election.


Franz Named MFD Firefighter Of The Year

Friday, 05 July 2013 00:00

The Mineola Fire Department honored Ex-Mineola Fire Department Captain Christopher Franz at its recent Installation of Officers dinner.

Mayor Scott P. Strauss, a former chief of the department administered the oath of Office for incoming Chief of Department Jeffrey Clark. Clark was joined by his Assistant Chiefs Joseph Pratt and Brian Santosus as he announced Franz.

The Firefighter of the Year award is the highest honor to achieve at Mineola Fire Department.  It recognizes an individual’s dedication and devotion to the fire service.


Mineola Gamer Grill Empire Reaches Hicksville

Written by Youseph Rasheed, Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00

Nowadays, when most people hear the word gamer, visions of teenage boys catatonically staring at their television, all the while their thumbs blazing across a controller come to mind. You could be easily forgiven for stereotyping, after all, in today’s technologic and electronic driven world, it may be easy to write off board games as a relic of a not too distant past, but you would be sadly mistaken. Board games and the likes of it are big. In fact they are a multi-million dollar industry big, and now its fans throughout our area have something to smile about. Game Master Games, a sanctuary for the board gaming community recently opened at 954 South Broadway in Hicksville.    

David VanderWerf, who owns Game Master Grill in Mineola, has been playing games like chess and Monopoly since he was four years old. VanderWerf was such a pro that his friends would regularly ask him to teach them how to play games that they just bought. Their view was why read the instructions, when you could just ask VanderWerf. This is how he realized his passion in life; he wanted to teach people how to play games.


Pols Clamor For Noise Study

Written by Rich Forestano, Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

Federal survey “first step” in

addressing aircraft noise

Airplane doors falling near the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola in 2010 wasn’t enough and planes whizzing by minutes apart in New Hyde Park didn’t prompt action either. But if one New York bill spawns a sibling in New Jersey, air traffic noise victims will have hard data to fall back on--as well as the ears of top air traffic offiicials.

In the 11th hour of the 2013 legislative session, New York State passed a bill that requires the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey (PA) to conduct a study examining land use compatibility with the rise in aircraft noise over Long Island. On Wednesday, June 26, Assemblyman Ed Ra held a press conference outside New Hyde Park’s Village Hall calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill into law. The media event provided a demonstration, with deafening aircraft drowning out speakers every five minutes.


Matzer Chosen For Open Seat

Written by Rich Forestano, Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

Special meeting picks new board member

The Mineola School Board chose resident Nicole Matzer to succeed Terence Hale after he resigns on July 2. The board interviewed Matzer along with Bryan Bradley at a special meeting on Thursday, June 27. It is unknown who will serve as board vice president.

Matzer just finished her second year as District Council co-president. She previously served as Willis Avenue PTO president for two years.


Youth Internship Kicks Off

Written by Matthew Ern Saturday, 29 June 2013 00:00

East Williston Student wants peers involved in community

East Williston has a new “Summer Youth Internship” Program aimed at getting Wheatley School students involved in their community.  Alum Ashley Copperstone runs the program and graduated from Wheatley in 2010. She currently attends Skidmore College as an education and history double major.  


The internship program will last six weeks, from June 24 to Aug. 1.  Twelve students, mostly aged 16 or younger, are signed up for this summer. 


Old Hollywood Meets Mineola

Written by Stephen Levine Friday, 28 June 2013 00:00

The year is 1930.  In classic Old Hollywood, the world of speakeasies and celebrity mansions still exist. 


This is the setting for Tilt of a Rose, one of more than 100 short and feature-length independent films from all over the world that was accepted into the Long Island International Film Expo. This particular film strikes particularly close to Nassau County’s heart because it was written, directed and produced by Mineola’s own, Nugent Cantileno.


Want To Be On The School Board?

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

The Mineola School District Board of Education invites candidates to submit letters of interest to serve on the board, in the seat to be vacated by Terence Hale. The term of service will run from July 2 through May 20, 2014.


Letters of interest should be sent to District Clerk Andrea Paggi. The deadline for letters of interest is June 25. If there are any questions, please contact Paggi at (516) 237-2032 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Breakfast With Troop 45 Boy Scouts

Written by Christopher Gavin Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

The Knights of Columbus Hall on Jericho Turnpike was transformed into a diner on the morning of June 16 with bustling busboys and waiters. However, these workers were wearing Boy Scout uniforms.


The event was Troop 45’s pancake breakfast, held annually on Father’s Day for about 25 years, according to Steve Grosskopf, the troop’s scoutmaster. All proceeds from ticket and advertisement sales, which are done by the boys, go to the scouts to help them acquire a coach bus to transport them to summer camp in July, Grosskopf said.


Tempers, Praise Fly At Board Meeting

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Parents roast outgoing trustee

The issues arising from the release of emails that contained questionable language from Board Vice President Terence Hale spilled over into the final Mineola School District public meeting on June 20. Hale will resign from his position on July 2.


Laurain and Steven Jones, parents of a student involved in a food-choking incident in the Jackson Avenue School on Jan. 25, lambasted the board for denying their request for a meeting, according to a petition provided to the Mineola American by trustee Irene Parrino. She filed a petition with the state education commissioner to remove Hale from his seat. That will become moot after next Tuesday, when Hale officially steps down. 


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