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Bolla Decision Put Off

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

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.


Parents Push Back Against Common Core

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

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?”


Laramie Project Comes To Wheatley

Written by Sheri ArbitalJacoby, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 12:34

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.


Island Harvest Screens Hunger In America Documentary

Written by Chris Boyle Saturday, 16 November 2013 00:00

A Place At The Table sheds light on growing problem

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.


Mineola Student Showcases Creepy Art

Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 12 November 2013 14:20

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.


Round Two For Bolla

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

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.


'Taste And Style' Hits Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

With “Taste and Style” coming to Jericho Terrace in Mineola on Thursday, Nov. 14, Mineola Chamber of Commerce President Bill Greene and Vice President Tony Lubrano have one theme to stress: hometown business and organization enrichment.


These annual, massive events were done almost every year dating back to 2005. Originally, the chambers two nights focusing on taste and style with “Taste of Mineola” and “Mineola In Style.” Chamber reps at the time decided to split the two, holding each event every other year.


“It got hard to do both events, so we combined them into “Taste and Style.” We’ve been doing this every other year for a long time now,” Lubrano, owner of Piccola Bussola, said.


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).


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