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Pancakes and the Super Bowl Equals a Tasty Sunday in Mineola

Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00

Today and for more than twenty years in Mineola, pancakes and the Super Bowl go together like, well, pancakes and syrup, or pancakes and sausages.  But pancakes have an interesting history of their own. At least one book has explored the history of pancakes, going back to the earliest records of cooking when batter was poured over a hot surface to make the most basic prepared food.

Ancient Greeks made Tagenites, in Russia and Eastern Europe it is various forms of a Blini, French of course have their Crepe, in Ethiopia it is Injera and Flapjacks fueled the Western expansion of our own American pioneers.  The first record of a “pancake” recipe reportedly comes from a Dutch cook in the 1500s.

Battercakes have been used by many cultures for celebrations, for travel food, and eventually for a hearty breakfast.


Mineola SD Superintendent Clarifies Recess Rumors

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

Speculation that because of low test scores, recess on the chopping block?

School lunch recess: a time to play, a time to socialize, a time for vibrancy. Will it all come to an end in the Mineola? Rumors were put to bed last week.

Speculation as to whether school lunch recess would be done away with because of low test scores were squashed by district Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler. Rather, a shortening of recess could be implemented, but nothing is set in stone at this time.


Mineola Memories: Parkies

Written by Jack Garland Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

As the summer of 1962 arrived, so did I, returning home from my first year away at college. With the next three months at my disposal, after a little searching and a couple of phone calls, I secured a position with the Village of Mineola Recreation Department as a playground attendant at Wilson Park, an area that had become a welcome replacement for the Village’s outmoded sewage plant. Although the actual title was an imposing “Recreation Supervisor”, my co-workers and I were affectionately referred to by our young charges as “Parkies.”

Our director, Karl Brittel, set up an ironclad schedule for us: a four day week, each day consisting of an early shift, a late shift, and overlapping coverage by two of us during the mid-day peak hours. At $1.50 an hour, we were each automatically paid for a 40-hour week. Sick days and time off were accommodated by exchanging hours or dollars amongst ourselves. My late-shift days started at 10:30 a.m. and, with the exception of a one hour supper break, continued until I closed up shop at 9:30 p.m.  Since Wilson Park was basically a massive pedestrian thoroughfare leading to the Village Pool, it attracted large numbers during the summer months.


Mineola Moving Forward on Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00

Construction start date for Mineola component is late May

The eastern borderline of Mineola and Carle Place, specifically near Bruce Terrace, has been plagued with flooding issues for decades. Plans were put in place over the last two years to get the issues resolved, but it seems that as one door opens, another closes.

Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini updated the plan that was agreed upon by the county, Mineola and the Town of North Hempstead. The plan stated that all three parties would work to resolve the issue. Furthermore, the scope of the construction would be shared equally.


Cusato, Pereira Announce Re-Election Bid

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00

Both looking for fifth and third consecutive term, respectively

Every two years, it gets dicey for elected officials, no matter how popular or unpopular they are. At times, incumbents go unopposed while others see a dogfight until Election Day. Will Mineola watch as seats are battled for? Stay tuned.

Current trustees Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira are both seeking re-election to serve another two-year term on the Mineola Village Board of Trustees. New Line Party candidate Pereira and Hometown Party staple Cusato revealed this to local media last Wednesday Jan. 11.


Village Responds to Blight Claims on Lincoln Avenue

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00

The Village of Mineola investigated recent claims of blight and gang presence in the village, specifically around the intersection of Willis Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. Those claims turned out to be false.

A resident quoted a section of the village municipal code during a recent meeting of the village board covering blight and its prevention via maintenance of property and graffiti, which he claimed were present on the southeast corner Lincoln and Willis Avenue.


Kaiman, Berman and Three Board Members Sworn In

Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00

First Iranian American sworn into office in the State

Pointing to the new administration comprised of a history-making female majority and the first Iranian American elected to office in New York State, Supervisor Jon Kaiman took the oath of office for a fifth term Jan. 2, promising to hit the ground running with his reshuffled team and to continue stressing innovation, continuity and accountability.

With his wife, Kim, and his three children by his side along with a number of other family members, North Hempstead’s fifth-term supervisor was sworn in by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer at a mid afternoon ceremony at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park. He paid tribute afterwards to the political process and America, a place where one can go from political refugee to politician.


Top 11 Stories of 2011 in Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 06 January 2012 00:00

With 2012 out of the starting gate, what were the top news items in Mineola in 2011?

The year 2011 is over and 2012 has just begun. The Mineola American decided to start off the New Year with a quick look back at the stories that warmed hearts, humbled many, raised eyebrows and kept Mineola and the surrounding community buzzing.

11. Mineola Resident Kicks 1,000 Field Goals

In 24 Hours Craig Pinto edged former New York Yankee great Reggie Jackson for the title of “Mr. October” in philanthropic terms anyway.


Mineola Discusses Preliminary School District Budget

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 06 January 2012 00:00

Preliminary numbers suggest school district can meet 2 percent cap on tax levy

The Mineola School District presented its preliminary numbers of the 2012-13 district budget at its Dec. 19 meeting at the Willis Avenue School. With a new 2 percent tax cap enacted by New York State, Long Island school districts face considerable challenges heading into the budget season.

The district is aiming at 2 percent for the 2012-13 school year. Mineola has been at or under 2.5 percent for four consecutive years without cutting programs.


Mineola High School Principal Discusses Project-Based Learning

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00

High School team presents plan on main goals moving forward with state testing

The landscape of student education in the 21st century is rapidly changing from a traditional fact-based curriculum to a project-based learning environment, and Mineola High School is currently evaluating the benefits of embracing this new model for teaching.

According to New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner, the United States has been put at a serious disadvantage globally because of a lack of homogenous standards and assessments. With Steiner’s words in mind, a new, national assessment system will likely be anchored into schools, which means Regents exams in English and Math may be a thing of the past three to four years from now.


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