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School Buzz

Written by Sanskriti Bimal Saturday, 09 November 2013 00:00

Featured Teacher: Glenn Cocoman

Graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a business and an American studies degree, Mineola teacher Glenn Cocoman didn’t immediately turn into the admirable and highly praised social studies teacher he is today. In fact, he was a world away from muckrakers, reform-minded journalists, or the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. Instead of educating children on how to perfect their document-based questions skills, he was coaching the junior varsity basketball team at Division High School in Levittown how to score from the free-throw line.


A Place At The Table November 6

Written by Mineola American Staff Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank and Cinema Arts Centre will present a special screening of the documentary A Place At The Table, followed by a panel discussion about the issue of hunger on Long Island on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The film reveals the realities of hunger in America.


The panel will include End Hunger Network founder/chef and food activist Tom Colicchio, U.S. Representative Steve Israel, Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest and WCBS Newsradio 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. The discussion will be moderated by New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine. 


Wheatley School Ranked In Poll

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

School slips, but still tops in U.S., Long Island

The Wheatley School is a considered a top school in the country after making the recent Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 1,000 in the United States. It was ranked 92nd (62nd in 2012) 25th in New York State and fourth on Long Island.


According to the Daily Beast, the list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).


A Nightmare On Main Street

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Local student has two pieces displayed in ghoulish art show


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.


The LIRR Massacre: 20 Years Later

Written by Chris Boyle, Saturday, 02 November 2013 00:00

Remembering the victims

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.


Meet The Candidates

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

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.


Siemens Regional Finalists Named

Written by Rich Forestano, Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Wheatley, Herricks students gear up for competition

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.


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.


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