In conjunction with the opening weekend of The Great Gatsby, the Glen Cove Mansion will offer a Roaring ‘20s themed dinner this Mother Day, giving patrons an opportunity to indulge in a historic menu while exploring one of the few remaining Gold Coast Estates on Long Island.
A variety of predictions, promises and plans were put forward at a Meet the Candidates night for the North Shore School District, where six people are vying for three open seats on the board of education.
Some of the issues that took center stage included budgets (olf course), the closing of the LIPA plant, and the challenging overall financial climate. George Pombar, the only incumbent candidate, said, “I believe we have very difficult years ahead.”
The event was sponsored by the district’s coordinating council and moderated by Judy Jacobson, a representative of the League of Women Voters from outside the district. She first read bios of each candidate, and then the candidates made an opening statement.
The Mineola Junior Fire Department held its 11th Annual Installation of Officers on April 27. Mayor Scott Strauss swore in junior firefighters Captain Daniel Dempsey, Lieutenants Chase Pagnani, Brendan Corrigan and Jonmichael Schiavone.
Corrigan was named the Mineola Junior Firefighter of the Year 2013. Corrigan will receive many accolades with proclamations and plaques from public officials and local organizations.
He has organized fundraising events and is a well-respected member among his peers. Corrigan is an assistant teacher of religious education at Corpus Christi Church and is the altar server.
Awards went out to Ex-Caption Matt Barroca , top point members Chase Pagnani, Louie Athan, Maddy Wolf, and Daniel Dempsey. Special awards went out to Anthony Marmo, Barroca, and Pagnani. They will become members of the Mineola Fire Department this summer.
The Village of Mineola observed Arbor Day Friday April 26. Members of the Village board marked the occasion by holding an annual tree planting ceremony. This year’s tree planting was held in Memorial Park near the Mineola 9-11 Memorial.
Mayor Scott Strauss noted that Mineola has committed to planting nearly twice as many trees this year as part of its annual tree planting effort to help replace trees lost to Hurricane Sandy. Mineola lost over 600 trees when Superstorm Sandy.
The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Mineola a “Tree City USA” for the 28th consecutive year.
Robert Coyle was ordained at the National Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington D.C. on April 25. The former monsignor of Corpus Christi Church in Mineola, at one point, was unsure if he would ever be a priest. Coyle was an altar server at St. Edward the Confessor Church, Syosset, when a visiting priest once asked him if he ever thought about becoming one.
“No, Father,” he politely replied. “I don’t want to be a priest.” He told the priest that he was thinking of becoming a police officer, a lawyer, or a Naval officer.
The priest “asked me to think about it”
Resident outcry poured in after eight Sycamore/London Plane trees were cut down on Roslyn Road between Raff and Jefferson Avenue last week. Mineola and LIPA officials said new “wire-friendly” trees would be planted in their place.
Traffic lanes were reset to one lane in each direction. The trees marked for cut-down were said to be rotted from the inside, making them vulnerable to severe weather.
Last August, Mineola was rocked by a storm that created heavily flooded streets, downed power lines and uprooted trees. A home on Roslyn Road was damaged during the storm. One of the trees cut down last week was in front of the residence.
It was the first day of school in 1981 and Dave Creo, a new 10th grade transfer student, boarded the bus. By chance, he took a seat next to Paul Moncada. “I got on the bus,” says Creo, “and sat down next to my future best friend, roommate, business partner, best man at my wedding, and godfather to my first child.” Moncada adds that Creo was best man at his wedding and godfather to his first child.
Clark Botanic Gardens had its official reopening last Wednesday, six months after it was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Town Councilman Thomas Dwyer and Town Clerk Leslie Gross and other officials were on hand to re-open the 12-acre living museum and educational facility in Albertson with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.
"Clark Garden is a beautiful place that our residents can enjoy all year round,” said Supervisor Kaiman. “I am thrilled to be able to re-open this facility in its entire splendor.”
The proposed $86.1 million Mineola School District 2013-14 budget hasn’t changed a great deal since it was first presented, but the year-to-year tax increase dropped two-tenths of a percent, to 2.18 since it was adopted by the school board.
The district’s tax levy is the fifth lowest in Nassau County, while Mineola’s six-year tax increase average is sixth lowest. The budget currently represents a 2.56 percent increase over last year’s figure, according to District Superintendent Michael Nagler. The budget will be up for a public vote on May 21.
How will we ever pay for college? That’s the front-and-center question facing the families of most graduating high school seniors at this time of the year. According to Mineola School District Supervisor of Guidance Dr. Whittney Smith, it helps to get there early.
“The first thing is to fill out the FAFSA form early…as soon after Jan. 1 as possible,” Smith said. “Aid is a line. The earlier you fill it out, the earlier you get on line.”
Smith encourages students to apply everywhere, because the sticker price on colleges is not “necessarily what you’re going to pay” after aid packages and scholarship opportunities are made available. Furthermore, price shouldn’t discourage parents.
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