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Hometown Hero Is A WWII Sgt.

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00

World War II veteran, former air traffic controller honored

When Anthony Catalano landed in Normandy on D-Day with General George Patton’s Third Army, 70th Infantry Division, he wasn’t thinking  about accolades or honors. 

Commendations were the furthest from the Mineola resident’s mind on that June 6, 1944. He was concerned with defending his home, his country, and his family from the evil that was hell-bent on world domination.

Catalano, who was a sergeant during the war and is now 92 years old, reflected on the horror he witnessed, the freezing nights in the French forests and the men that were left behind after World War II, during his acceptance of North Hempstead’s Hometown Hero Award on Tuesday, Jan. 15. He is the fourth Mineola resident to receive the award. Joseph Wood, Bill Gresalfi and John DaVanzo have been commended since 2010.


Body And Brain Coming To Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00

 Yoga facility opening on Hillside Avenue

Joyce Peprah was inspired, inclined to proceed with a vision of holistic healing through the power of yoga after suffering a leg injury. 

Rather than rely on prescription drugs to help with the pain, she pushed through the agony with spiritual discipline that originated in ancient India.

The idea sprung while working at her current job. She is a nurse at the Cornell Medical Center in New York City. 

However, the plan is coming to fruition in Mineola.


Mineola Schools Could Decrease Its Polling Places

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00

Cost saving, impending scanner machine requirement could see one or two polling places for school elections

With the advent of the new scanner voting machines that roll into every polling place during election season, schools and villages are running out of time using the old lever machines. 

Since 2010, Mineola and neighboring villages were granted a reprieve from the state through the intervention of Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Senator Jack Martins, They are allowed to use the old voting units in local elections.

But in 2015, the archaic but reliable lever contraptions will go the way of the dodo bird and the new electronic machines will become a required use. The Mineola School District is attempting to get out ahead of the fray concerning the first use of scanner ballot machines in its polling places.


Apple Awards Mineola For iPad Genius

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00

School district one of three in Northeast dubbed Apple Distinguished Program of the Year

In September 2010, the Mineola School District became one of the first districts on Long Island to institute iPads into the daily learning of its students. Eighty-two fifth-grade students and ten teachers received the devices.

The initiative was considered innovative among the realm of teaching and now Mineola is being recognized for its foresight into the future of education. District Superintendent Michael Nagler announced the district’s iPad program for the 2012-13 school year was selected as the Apple Distinguished Program of the Year. Apple has recognized 103 programs nationwide.

To be considered for the award, a program must be “exemplary learning environments and centers of innovation, leadership and educational excellence,” according to Nagler.


Bruce Terrace Flood Project Flowing Steadily

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00

Along with Mineola and Nassau County, North Hempstead starts remediating drainage issues on village, town border

Thomas Festa couldn’t believe his eyes. He lost his spot to take a stroll with his dog on Westbury Avenue…but he knows the end result will be worth it.

The Carle Place resident won’t have to worry about his living room turning into the Nile River during a bad storm anymore. A flood remediation project decades in the making is picking up steam, with projects being awarded, i’s dotted, t’s crossed and shovels finally in the ground.

The Town of North Hempstead held its groundbreaking ceremony for its portion of the Bruce Terrace Flood Project on Jan. 3, which will reportedly lessen the blow to low-lying areas during heavy rainfall.


Winthrop Receives Grant To Support New Research Institute

Friday, 04 January 2013 00:00

Regional Economic Development Council approves monies to help fund obesity center

Winthrop-University Hospital announced that it has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Regional Economic Development Council to support the construction of its brand new, 94,000 sq. ft. research Institute, already under construction at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street in Mineola. Groundbreaking took place several weeks ago and the construction is already underway.

The new, ultra modern research $60 million institute will consolidate clinical and bench research for all of Winthrop’s ongoing research initiatives. In addition to research on diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, Winthrop’s research institute will focus on other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis. The new facility will bring all the hospitals researchers together in a translational atmosphere that will foster collaboration, dialog, and the cross-fertilization of ideas.


Old Country Road Apartment Complex Approved

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 04 January 2013 00:00

Demolition of old Keyspan building expected in spring, construction to start shortly after

After major redesigns, resets and remodeling, the development of 250 Old Country Road will finally kick off sometime in the spring, Mineola village officials revealed. Mineola Properties (MP) LLC will construct a 315-rental unit complex a stones throw from the Nassau County Legislature.

The rental complex will consist of one, two and three-bedroom units. The proposal indicates 166 one-bedroom apartments, 127 two and 22 three-bedroom apartments would be housed in the new configuration. Thirty-two units will be used for next generation/first responder housing.

The 343,000 square-foot building will replace a developmental rigmarole that has been owned by former power authority LILCO, Keyspan and the MTA. The structure is approximately 5-feet shorter to the top of the proposed penthouse than in a previous proposal. Along Old Country Road, the building height would be 84-feet-9 inches tall, while on Third Street the building would reach 94-feet-2 inches in height.


Mineola Third-Grader Lends Voice To Benefit Hurricane Victims

Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00

Amanda Lapierre, a third-grade student at Jackson Avenue School in the Mineola School District, recently sang a song with her aunt, recording artist Dahna Bender, for the benefit of Hurricane Sandy victims. Ms. Bender, who recorded the album “Giving of the Heart” asked her niece to sing the prelude to the track “Winter Wonderland.” 

“It makes me feel good to know I was actually helping others,” Amanda said of her decision to do the recording. “It makes me feel very happy.”

The song, which sells for 99 cents on iTunes, is part of an album that is less than $6 and benefits hurricane victims in the Rockaways. Amanda and Ms. Bender’s goal is to raise $1,000 for the cause.



Mineola To Receive Efficiency Grant

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00

School district awarded for financial, managerial responsibility

The Mineola School District has been selected to receive a $213,129 grant for the 2012-13 school year from the New York State Education Department, District Superintendent Michael Nagler revealed. Mineola is receiving the School District Management Efficiency Competitive Grant as a result of its application detailing the ways in which it has streamlined its costs.

Nagler mentioned that this is because the district closed two school buildings and reorganized resources while still providing educational programs for its students. He said the grant would be used on technology tools for students.


Werther To Run As Independent In March Elections

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

New Line Party endorses Durham, Strauss and newcomer Walsh

Reported first by the Mineola American on Friday, Dec. 14, the New Line Party announced its endorsements of current Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, Trustee George Durham and 30-year Mineola resident Dennis Walsh for the March 2013 village elections. One familiar face was not on the ticket: current Trustee Larry Werther.

Werther, a founding member of the New Line Party, did not receive the party’s endorsement. He feels this was in the works well before the party announced its slate for the March 19, 2013 elections.

“It’s always easier to try to get rid of somebody, rather than negotiate,” said Werther. “Quite frankly, I think I proved my value to the village. Just look at the stuff that Jack [Martins] and I put together when we first got it in. The village was headed to fiscal ruin. We brought back fiscal sanity.”


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