Craig Pinto is all about the cause. He strives to do it; he loves the challenge and can kick a mean field goal of world record proportions. He’s done it once and now he’ll attempt to top it.
The Mineola resident kicked 717 forty-yard field goals in 12 hours in October 2010 at Bethpage High School. The previous record was 500, which was an arbitrary number set by the Guinness Book of World Records because no one had ever attempted it before.
The saga that is the Winston Manor residential complex project has laid dormant for quite some time, since Mineola’s village board approved the project being changed from a 285-unit condominium facility to a 275-unit rental project. However, a component to that project was highly discussed among the senior community of Mineola and was positively endorsed by many local groups and residents: the senior housing component.
In the agreement, Polimeni International LLC. would build a 36-unit senior condominium complex, “The Churchill” coupled with “The Winston” project. The board decided at a meeting on July 14, 2010 that the senior housing component will remain a condo and will sell at the current market value when the complex is open.
Last May, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, then-Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano met and reached an agreement to handle the flooding issues that have plagued eastern borderline Mineola and Carle Place residents for decades. Previously, the village was trying to get a deal in place with then-County Executive Tom Suozzi, but nothing ever developed.
Village officials confirmed to the Mineola American on Aug. 12 that the project is still very much alive and would be moving forward with construction work as soon as possible. North Hempstead and Mineola are currently hashing out an intermunicipal agreement to grant the town usage of village property so the Town can do the necessary work on North Hempstead’s Carle Place flood project, according to village officials.
Residents of Mineola are in for a surprise; a “WorldWide Web-sized” surprise.
The board of trustees authorized the contract of Virtual Town Hall Holding (VTHH) LLC. with the village to revamp the current website and hosting services for Mineola at the Aug. 10 work session. Village Clerk Joseph R. Scalero detailed the parameters of the contract, along with certain functions that are being discussed about the new website.
Microsoft recently recognized sixth-grade Mineola School District teacher Vincent Interrante for his work in creating an educational software program. The Mineola Board of Education invited the sixth grade teacher to present his work at its recent meeting at the Willis Avenue School.
Interrante’s software was compared to a student’s notebook, only in electronic form on the computer, created using a program “One Note” which allows for collaboration among students at their desks, allowing them to work independently yet contribute to a larger project.
A recent article in Newsday prompted a response from Mineola School Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler at a recent meeting of the board of education. The article concerned New York State’s new method of reporting high school achievement, which includes the graduation rates for students who take five or six years to earn a diploma at the high school level.
“This is the first time I’ve seen the state report a six year outcome and a five year outcome,” Nagler said, noting that the Newsday report examined the portion of students in English as a second language (ESL) and special education areas. “I love chasing Newsday.”
Jaylen, 10, is a good kid, the type who won’t be misled by troublemaking friends, and he resolves his conflicts by talking them out, his mother said. He loves to play outdoor football and basketball and spend the day at Splish Splash or Dave and Buster’s.
“He’s very spontaneous, and he likes to try everything and anything,” Jaylen’s mother Lamar said.
The Mineola School District’s multiyear technology plan came to its conclusion at the end of the 2010-2011. Saying that the district was effectively now in year 6 of a 5-year cycle, Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler presented a new multiyear technology plan to the board of education at a previous meeting at the Willis Avenue School.
“The concept here is you go back to year one, stay within the same budget as year one and replace things that are now 5 years old,” Dr. Nagler said.
As part of contributing in a globalized society per the school district mission, foreign languages are being introduced to students at younger and younger grades in Mineola and throughout Long Island. At a previous meeting of the board of education, Mineola School Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler gave a brief update on changes being made to the foreign language program for the 2011-2012 school year.
The Village of Mineola may be getting back close to $1 million in grants from New York State, most of which will go toward flood mitigation on the boarder of Mineola and Carle Place.
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