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Clark Gardens Returns

Written by Gary Simeone Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

Botanical paradise devastated by Sandy reopens

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.”


Little Change In Budget

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00

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. 


Paying For College?

Written by Andy Newman Wednesday, 01 May 2013 08:35

Help is there for you, experts say 

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.


Cops Nab Jewel Thief

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 27 April 2013 00:00

A Bronx man has been arrested and charged with multiple burglaries,  including one in Mineola in which a 69-year-old woman caught him going through her desk and grabbed him, but he broke free, Nassau County police said.

The man was identified as Morris Santaniello, 60.


Police said they arrested Santaniello in Astoria, Queeens on April 10. In a burglary at the Birchwood Court Complex in Mineola on Feb. 19, police said the 69-year-old woman returned to her residence and saw  a man in her apartment going through her desk. 


Parrino’s In

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

Mineola School Board Trustee up for re-election

Irene Parrino confirmed to the Mineola American that she would seek re-election for school board trustee in the Mineola School District on April 5. She officially announced her intentions on April 15.

Though the top vote getter wins the seat, election season will see Parrino face off in an at-large-bid against Williston Park resident Patricia Navarra, who announced her inaugural run last month. It is unknown if anyone else submitted trustee petitions as of press time.


The petition deadline was April 22.


Parrino has served on the school board since 2010. She is a 20-year pro bono attorney who currently volunteers at St. Aidan’s Church in Williston Park, teaching first-grade religion. The mother of two currently serves as the school district’s BOCES representative.


Mineola Makes Intralogic-'al' Choice

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

Massapequa firm to handle Sandy Hook security updates for schools

Mineola School District Superintendent Michael Nagler revealed first to the Mineola American that Intralogic Solutions would handle security enhancements at the five school buildings. Bay Shore-based A+ Technologies was the other competing bidder.


Mineola will pay Intralogic $100,000, according to district officials. The district will use $75,000 from the facilities line in the district budget and $25,000 from grants awarded from Senator Jack Martins’ office.

Intralogic built the command center at Nassau BOCES and Nagler said the Massapequa-based security company was a better fit for the district.  Since the Sandy Hook incident, Intralogic has done between 70 and 80 school district assessments.


Family’s Marathon Nightmare

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00

Mineola family recounts Boston Marathon attacks

Four hours, 12 minutes would have been her time. She was close enough to hear the booms, but never finished the race.


Barbara Stagnari’s husband Jack and daughter Jackie on the other hand, had a clearer view. Stagnari, a Mineola resident, was initially unaware of what happened on Monday, April 15 on Boylston Street in Boston, MA, when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. 


Stagnari, 51, was on Beacon Street about to turn the corner onto Hereford Street when the first bomb exploded near Sugar Haven Candy Store. At first, she thought it was thunder. After the second explosion near the Mandarin and Lenox Hotels, Stagnari knew something was wrong.


Latest Look At Budget

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 20 April 2013 00:00

Mineola School District still making changes

The Mineola School District is floating a 2.20 percent tax increase for next year’s proposed budget, .33 percent below the state-allowed maximum. According to District Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler, the board of education plans to adopt the budget at the April 17 business meeting for the Election Day/Budget Vote on May 21.


While the numbers are preliminary, the total budget currently sits at $86,143,656, a 2.56 percent increase from the 2012-13 budget.


Grandmaster Publishes First Children’s Book

Written by Katelyn Malloy Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

Charles Water working on second book already

Charles Water, grandmaster and founder of Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park recently published his first children’s book dedicated help parents easily connect with their children. A song Water  wrote inspired The Road to Iadorre, professionally illustrated for children by Lynise B. Loud. With the help of a red cardinal, twins Zack and Becky are shown to Iadorre, a magical land where they begin their search for their new replacement parents.


Village Budget Up .74%

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 18 April 2013 00:00

The Village of Mineola certified its 2013-14 budget last week, finalizing an increase of .74 percent from last year. Mineola originally floated a 1 percent increase when it released the tentative figures on April 2.


The total budget was adopted at $21,718,808. Tax revenue tops off at $13,282,158, a $63,248 increase from last year.


However, the village enacted a 2 percent tax cap override on April 10, which according to Mayor Scott Strauss, “allows flexibility should we need it.” Mineola approved the tax cap override since its inception, but has set increases below the state-allowed tax cap each year. Strauss said the village is below cap requirement.


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