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FCC Issues Arise In Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

Village Could Lose Franchise Fees

If there’s one thing that makes Mineola unique to many villages, it’s the televising of its board of trustees meeting on public access television. However, if a federal proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gets approved, cable companies could circumvent local village boards and take away certain village amenities.

Mineola residents may lose access to the village’s public access TV channel 19 if an ongoing effort by the FCC and cable lobbyists to “supersede the authority of the village” is approved, according to village trustee Larry Werther.


Mineola SD Superintendent Gets Contract Extension

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

Extension Approved Amid Salary Cap Rumors

Mineola School Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler received a new contract with the school district at a special meeting last Monday night at the Willis Avenue School.

The board had been negotiating the new contract for the past few weeks following rumors that the New York State Legislature would impose a cap on the salaries of school superintendents sometime this week. Governor Andrew Cuomo touted the cap of $175,000 not too long after his election.


New “Strong-Man” Gym Approved in Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

Board Outlines Key Points to Be Abided By Training Facility

Strength training with tires and chains may seem like the definition of unconventional to most who go to a regular gym, but not to Frank Savino, owner of Gridiron, Inc., a training facility seeking to move into Mineola.

The board of trustees approved the special permit for Gridiron. It was approved subject to 10 conditions. Village Attorney John Spellman dictated the conditions to be followed at last week’s meeting.


Meeting Not Such a Paradise For 99 Cents Store

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Store Ordered to Stop Selling Food

A “paradise” was not the scene at last week’s public hearing at Village Hall in Mineola; at least not for 99 Cents Paradise.

Storeowner Saleem Usman came before the board of trustees to attain a special use permit to sell food at the store. However, Mayor Scott Strauss and the board had other ideas, ideas that concerned village code.


Graffiti Hits Mineola Over Memorial Day Weekend

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Village at Work Remedying Issue

Graffiti has been noticed throughout Mineola over the last two weeks, with black tag marks and profane language appearing on several village buildings, restaurants and other locations. Village officials detailed the issues at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.

According to Building Department Superintendent Dan Whalen, as many as 10 locations were spotted with graffiti around the village, including parks and businesses.


A Giver Who Keeps on Giving

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

Elmont Resident Honored at Mineola Meeting

Back for his third time, under a third mayor, Elmont resident J.P. Iacona was at his philanthropic ways once again. Iacona presented an appreciation plaque to Mineola residents Bill Urianek and Sal Cataldo at last week’s board of trustees meeting.


Twelve Teachers Receive Tenure In Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

Instructors Approved by Board of Education

Ask any teacher. When it comes to receiving tenure, it can be nerve-wracking. For one dozen Mineola School District teachers, a sigh of relief can be had.

Twelve Mineola teachers received tenure at last week’s workshop meeting at Willis Avenue School. Three from Mineola High School, two from Willis Avenue, four from Jackson Avenue School and three from Cross Street School attained a status that every teacher works to achieve.


Mineola PAL Donates Funds to Village

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

Field 3 Conditions Discussed

Maintaining the fields in the Village of Mineola is a task unlike no other. Tim O’Connell knows that.

Mineola Police Athletic Lea-gue (MPAL) executive board member Tim O’Connell came before the Mineola Village Board of Trustees at a recent board of trustees meeting to present a check of $1,400 to help maintain and improve the athletic fields in the village.


Cross Street School Lease Approved

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

VHB Recommendations to Be Adopted By SSDS

First it was the reconfiguration that dominated the school board meetings at Willis Avenue School. For the last few months, the lease of a closed building has been at the forefront of the consciousness of district parents, residents and the board of education.


2011-2012 Mineola School District Budget Passed

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

Hale and Hornberger Retain Seats

It was the talk of board meetings; you heard it in the halls and parking lots and was endlessly discussed on District Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler’s blog. Would the budget pass? Would Mineola welcome two new board members? Could the reconfiguration be done away with?


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