Voters approved two propositions on Tuesday, Nov. 19 that will allow the Mineola School District to tap $3.8 million capital reserve funds to make various repairs at its schools and to fund its reserve up to $15 million.
Voter turnout was low; a rarity in Mineola’s case, which routinely showcases high voter participation, from the most recent contested school board election in May or dating back to school reconfiguration.
Proposition one, which lets the district use monies for improvements, passed 363 to 112. Windows and doors at Jackson, Hampton Avenue, Meadow Drive and Cross Street schools need to be replaced, according to District Superintendent Michael Nagler.
It was Dec. 8, 1888 when a group of people met to discuss forming a fire department in Mineola. Within three weeks of its inception, the company gained 23 members at its first meeting in February of 1889. In the spring of that year, Mineola’s Engine Company No. 1 blared its first siren.
One-hundred twenty five years later, the company is still going strong, responding to calls at all hours of the day. The Village of Mineola commemorated the company’s anniversary on Wednesday, Nov. 20, presenting honorary pins to each member of the engine company.
Mineola American Legion Commander Carl Marchese led the Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11. He addressed a gathering of Mineola residents held on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, coinciding with Armistice Day, which marked the end of hostilities in World War I, the so-called “war to end all wars.”
Marchese served at Fort Bragg, N.C. for airborne training. He trained with the U.S. Rangers at Fort Benning, GA in 1961. From there, he received his posting to Fort Dix, N.J. as a company officer for advanced infantry training. What was supposed to be a short stay ended with an 18-month commission because of the escalation of the Berlin Wall crisis.
Food and fashion strutted its stuff on Thursday, Nov. 14 with “Taste and Style in Mineola,” at Jericho Terrace. The biennial Mineola Chamber of Commerce event showcased local restaurant and clothing shops, benefiting local charities and organizations.
In 2001, the chamber dedicated two nights to taste and style with “Taste of Mineola” and “Mineola In Style.” Chamber reps decided to split the two in 2005, holding each event every other year.
“Considering it’s just a Mineola-based event, this is a great turnout,” Chamber Vice President Tony Lubrano said. “The restaurants and fashion show kind of sell themselves. All of the restaurants ask when it is. They want to be here.”
The Village of Mineola held off on deciding whether to approve or deny an application from Bolla Market to build a 24-hour gas station/convenience store at 449 Jericho Turnpike. It is unknown when a decision will be rendered. The
property in question abuts local residences.
The village board reopened the hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 13 for additional testimony from Bolla Market CEO Harry Singh’s team and to hear local resident concerns. Eighty-five people attended last week’s hearing, with 18 speaking.
More than 90 were at the Oct. 9 meeting; 16 people voiced concerns.
During a lively forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students from Mineola and other local towns took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the “common core” standards, venting their concerns and outrage about testing, evaluations and student privacy.
State Senator Jack Martins of the 7th Senate District moderated the talk.
“If the point of elementary education is to teach children how to think creatively, problem-solve and learn from their mistakes,” asked East Williston parent Christine Cozzolino, “how can we expect our children to be innovators when they are subject to scripted lessons and the rigorous testing of the common core?”
The Wheatley Theater Company will present The Laramie Project Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., in The Wheatley School. Nineteen talented teens will portray nearly 70 characters in the emotionally charged, consciousness-raising production.
Based on a shocking event that reverberated around the world, The Laramie Project recounts how a gay University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with local residents. From these accounts, they wrote the play which chronicles Laramie in the year following the murder.
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.
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