A new school year and the closure of the Cross Street School created a new set of issues for Mineola School District Director of Transportation (DOT) Bill Gillberg, who was commended for his work before the beginning of the school year for what Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler described as “really an overwhelming task to reroute the entire district.”
The job entailed reconstructing each bus route due to the movement of approximately 800 students around the district to different buildings.
7-Eleven’s are on every major road. If you frequent Mineola, you may have bought soda or a Slurpee at the Mineola Boulevard location, which may be getting a twin neighbor about one mile away.
Since 2005, the parcel of land at 400 East Jericho Turnpike has remained empty. Originally occupied by an Amoco gas station, the location has been tapped by the convenience store giant, which is proposing a 2,500 sq. ft. store.
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.
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