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Mineola Sets Common Core Town Hall

Written by Rich Forestano, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 08:29

State standard Q&A panel December 3

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.


Mineola In Home Stretch Of Flood Project

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 25 October 2013 00:00

Village to start Wilson Park catch basin work

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.


Demolition Approved

Written by Michael Scro Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

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.


Mineola Resident Joins Crucial Hotline

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Elaine Polan lends time to Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline

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.


Voting Of A New Kind?

Written by Matthew Ern Saturday, 19 October 2013 00:00

Mineola-based company hones in on mobile tallying

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.  


Tax Rates Up

Written by Jaclyn Gallucci Friday, 18 October 2013 00:00

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.


Common Core Forum Talk

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

School district planning town-hall info session

Responding to alleged misconceptions about New York State’s new common core testing module, the Mineola School District is planning to host a town-hall style talk for concerned parents. 


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.


No Bolla In Mineola?

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

90-plus residents fill Village Hall against 24-hour gas station

Mineola residents were out in full force on Wednesday, Oct. 9 to oppose a Bolla Market Inc. proposal to build a 24-hour Exxon gas station and convenience store at 449 Jericho Turnpike. The site directly abuts village residences.


More than 90 people attended the meeting, including Maria McCarey of White Road. She lives directly behind the property.


McCarey collected 124 signatures from surrounding neighbors, who oppose the gas station. She feels it will encourage loitering, create quality of life issues and increase traffic.


Fill Up On Pizza For Breast Cancer

Written by Matthew Ern, Saturday, 12 October 2013 00:00

Roslyn Heights shop donating

half of its sales to cause

On Friday, Oct.11, residents can help fight breast cancer for only the cost of a slice of pizza. Local business SKINNYPIZZA will be donating half of its sales from the day to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation, a national charity based in Seattle. It’s part of Slice of Hope, a country-wide charity event.   

Slice of Hope is the creation of Karen Mullen Foundation co-founder Jeremy White. The event has been held for the past three years, and the foundation donates all of the money raised to leading cancer research labs.


Locals Run The Tunnel To Towers

Written by Rich Forestano, Friday, 11 October 2013 00:00

It started with 800 people and now, more than 30,000 come out for the Annual Tunnel to the Towers 5K Run/Walk, now in its 12th year. Eighty people left from Piccola Bussola Restaurant in Mineola for lower Manhattan on Sunday, Sept. 29 to retrace the steps of Stephen Siller, a FDNY fireman that abandoned his truck and ran through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel with 75 pounds of gear to help as the towers were falling during the Sept. 11 attacks.

Siller was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned what was happening.


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