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Navarra Unseats Parrino

Written by Rich Forestano, Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

Mineola School District budget passes

Patricia Navarra emerged from the principal’s office at Jackson Avenue School, giving two thumbs up seconds before Mineola School District Superintendent Michael Nagler announced she unseated incumbent school board trustee Irene Parrino on May 21. The 15-year Williston Park resident beat out the Albertson attorney 933 to 684 votes.

Parrino exited the office after the election results were cheered by residents in attendance. The district budget totaled $86.1 million and passed 1,110 to 638. It showcased a budget-to-budget increase of 2.56 percent and a tax levy of 2.18 percent.


Renovation Reserved

Written by Rich Forestano, Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

Willis Avenue Church expansion

on county commission’s table

With lingering questions, the Mineola Village Board delayed making a decision whether to grant a special-use permit to architect Robert Robles’ expansion and renovation of the Grace International Assembly of God Church at 172 Willis Avenue. The plan would see the building almost double from 4,760 square feet to 9,322 square feet.

The church was built in 1899, as indicated by the cornerstone on the south side. An extension was added in 2007.


A Night To Remember

Written by Rich Forestano, Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

Night on the Town draws 500 people

It was never the end for Frank Ferrante in February 2011, when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver and colon cancer.

His answer to fighting the sickness? “Go forward and don’t ever look back.”

Ferrante, now 75, still plays tennis six hours a week, a ritual he’s kept since he began his tussle with cancer. He, along with his hero Dr. Vincent Vinciguerra of North Short LIJ, were honored at Night on the Town in Mineola at Jericho Terrace on May 22.


Hofstra’s Annual Dutch Festival

Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

President Tony Da Silva and the Mineola-based Folklore groups Ranchos Juventude (Youth) and Sonhos de Portugal (Dreams of Portugal) performed before a crowd of over 350 during the “Spotlight on Portugal” segment at Hofstra University’s 30th Annual Dutch Festival. The traditional dance groups, representing the region of Portugal known as Minho, were introduced by support from a wide-array of Portuguese community leaders, including event guest-M.C. and Hofstra alumnus Gabriel Marques, New York State Senator Jack Martins, Village of Mineola Deputy-Mayor Paul Pereira as well as civic group presidents Frank Teixeira (Mineola Portuguese Center), Manuel Rodrigues (Portuguese Heritage Society), Fernanda Aguas (LI Portuguese Lions Club) and Rosa Leal (Daughters of Portugal).


War Dogs In Mineola

Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

Almost everyone has heard the expression; a dog is a man’s best friend. These great animals guard, protect and shower people with their affection and undivided attention. They love unconditionally in good times and in bad. The strength of the bond between man and canine was put on display at the Mineola Library on Saturday, May 11 in JoAnne Raskin’s, ‘War Dogs’ exhibit.


Flood-Free Streets?

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 22 May 2013 07:16

Final piece of flood project approved

The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) approved funding for Nassau County’s part of a plan to address flood issues in Mineola and Carle Place, officials revealed on May 15. Mineola and North Hempstead’s portion of the three-part Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation Project has been ongoing.


Night On The Town May 22

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00

Dinner and dancing benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Night on the Town began about eight years ago, when the Church of St. Aidan in Williston Park was looking to raise money. Mineola resident Harry Zapiti stepped in.


He brought the idea to St. Aidan’s board. All Zapiti wanted was the support.


One ReFill At A Time

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

East Williston resident stumping for greener future

The future is green and Wheatley School student Graham Turk is making it a point to remind you, one less plastic bottle at a time.


Turk’s environment-friendly initiative, the ReFill Project, which started in 2011 at the Wheatley School, seeks to reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles in schools. Last year, the East Williston resident headed the installation of two water refill stations in the Old Westbury school’s halls.


No Punches Pulled

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

Barbs were traded early and often during Meet the Candidates Night on Monday, May 6, which pitted Mineola School Board trustee Irene Parrino against challenger Patricia Navarra. Mineola Village Board trustee Paul Cusato moderated the verbal jockeying. Election Day is Tuesday, May 21. 


Welcome Back

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00

Former Corpus Christi priest to become pastor

Getting back to where you once belonged has taken on a new meaning besides a play on a Beatles lyric. Monsignor Robert Batule knows it all too well now.


Batule, 54, will succeed Robert Coyle as pastor of Corpus Christi Church in Mineola this summer. Coyle was ordained as auxiliary bishop to Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese of the Military on April 25.


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