Not too long ago, high school students had a choice between a local diploma and a Regents diploma. The local degree was done away with, making way for the choice of a Regents or an Advanced Regents diploma. If a new assessment is instituted, New York being one of the test states, the Regents Exam could be done away with altogether.
Mineola School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler profiled PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) during the workshop meeting on Nov. 3. PARCC is a consortium of states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in “what it takes to be ready for college and careers.”
The Town of Hempstead honored local volunteer firefighters at a special ceremony held on Oct. 20. Twenty-four individuals were honored with Town of Hempstead Firematic Awards for their courage and dedication to protecting local communities.
“We are proud to honor this group of firefighters and emergency medical technicians for outstanding service to their departments and to the communities they serve,” Town Supervisor Murray said. “These first responders make significant sacrifices, and volunteer their personal time to protect the safety of their neighbors.”
The top ten students at Mineola High School have demonstrated such a love for learning over the past 13 years of their educational career that they have earned themselves the highest honors for the Class of 2012. Mineola High School recently celebrated the announcement of the top students in the graduating class, with seniors Siobhan Adams named as this year’s valedictorian and Zachary Englis as salutatorian. Rounding out the top ten are the following high achievers:
The Winston Manor project is getting a facelift…again. The Mineola Village Board voted 4-1 to grant Polimeni International LLC the ability to change its 36 senior housing unit, The Churchill, from senior condominiums to senior affordable rentals.
The only dissenting vote came from Trustee Larry Werther. He said the size of the project is so miniscule compared to the Winston residential complex and said he felt it wasn’t hard for Polimeni to give a “personal guarantee” for amenity delivery.
In the area of “good and open government” how can the Town of North Hempstead keep its constituents better informed of pending Town Board actions?
Town government sometimes publishes short and vague, almost cryptic, synopses of its Town Board Agenda and public hearing items which hinders constituent involvement. What are your thoughts about increasing the level of detail made public, and made public in a more timely way?
Frequenters of O’Donnell’s Pub in Mineola will now themselves entering The Black Sheep Ale House.
An ongoing battle between East Williston and Williston Park has been brewing for some time over water rates and it spilled over into Mineola at the Oct. 12 board of trustees meeting. The two villages are currently locked in a legal battle after East Williston filed a suit against Williston Park over rise in the water rates this summer.
Mineola Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini stated that Mayor Scott Strauss had received a letter from East Williston, inquiring if Mineola were interested in becoming the supplier of East Williston’s water distribution.
Two weeks ago, a rule was put on the spot by Mineola; it lived up to its meaning. After Hurricane Irene, The Mineola School District PTA with several other student and parent based volunteer groups, organized the “Golden Rule Project.”
The groups have been collecting school supplies to aid the Binghamton/Owego area of New York State, which suffered flooding of immense proportions. The Golden Rule, “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself,” holds a whole new meaning now.
If anything goes better together than the morning rush and the mayhem that ensues, whether it is by car, bus or train, it’s a cup of coffee and a quick bite. Local residents and workers who frequent Station Plaza will get plenty of both now.
The Village of Mineola approved the renewal of an existing application that originally allowed the sale of food at a previous restaurant at a recent public hearing to Amistad Culinary Team. The café sits at the corner of Second Street and Station Plaza North as you cross over Mineola Boulevard, heading west from Second Street.
The decision to move the Mineola Fair from its traditional Memorial Park location to a new destination in the downtown area of the community proved to be a wise one, as local shops were overflowing with customers for close to seven hours on Sunday, Oct. 2.
The fair was moved this year to Mineola Boulevard in an attempt to drive business to storefronts along the entranceway into the village. “We wanted to spice up the fair,” said Willis Hobbies owner Steve Ford, who helped organize the event. “We’ve been hearing from people that it’s been the same stuff year after year, and we wanted to spruce it up a bit.”
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