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Consolidation Law Takes Effect March 22

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00

If you want to dissolve the village you live in, you can dissolve it beginning March 22 as a new law that gives residents the power to consolidate and dissolve villages and special taxing districts takes effect. The process involves circulating a petition and with enough signatures, you can force a referendum to dissolve the village or special district. The question is, at least in the case of villages, why would you want to?


Governor’s Budget Would Cut Services At Jones Beach and Bethpage Parks

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

Proposed Budget Calls for Closing Six State Parks in Suffolk, None in Nassau

Governor David A. Paterson’s proposed 2010-11 executive budget calls for several state parks on Long Island to close and others to cut their hours and services due to a state budget shortfall.

The state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recently created a list of recommended park closures and cuts in an effort to operate on a smaller budget as the governor tries to close the budget gap.


Board of Education: We Can’t Afford All of Our Schools

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

Board Decides to Close Two Schools by September 2012

As snow fell last Wednesday evening during another winter snowstorm, inside the Mineola High School auditorium, the board of education made a decision that will impact the Mineola, Williston Park and Albertson communities. The board, by a 4-1 margin, voted to close two of the seven schools in the Mineola School District. The first would be closed prior to the start of the 2011-2012 school year and the second would be closed prior to the start of the 2012-2013 school year.


Decision on Closing Schools Expected Tomorrow

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

Mineola Board of Education Meeting to Be Held in H.S.

The decision of whether two of the seven school buildings in the Mineola School District should be closed is one that has elicited passion from residents on both sides of the issue. The board of education has been examining whether to close schools as a cost-saving measure for a few years and now, the board has arrived at a point when a decision will be made.


From the Village of Mineola to Colombia

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

Former Resident Pens Book On Joining Peace Corps

Paul Arfin remembers what it was like to grow up in the Village of Mineola. But his life’s journey took him out of the village to Colombia, South America in the early ’60s as a volunteer in the Peace Corps. His experiences are chronicled in his book Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo.


County Declares War On Heroin

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00

At Least Four Die a Month To Use, Officials Say

The last words from a 20-year-old resident came from a text message sent to his dealer. It read, “i’m diggin’ this —— my dude, best I had in a while. 4 real. Save my number, peace.” That was sent before he was found by his mother dead in the bathtub.


Mineola to Have Uncontested Election

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00

Election Not Reminiscent of the Old Days

Mineola will have an uncontested election next month for the village board of trustees as only two candidates returned petitions to run for election.

Both Paul Pereira and Paul Cusato will run for the seats they currently occupy and will serve another two-year term on the village board, which also consists of Deputy Mayor Larry Werther, Trustee Tom Kennedy and Mayor Jack M. Martins.


School Board Discusses Possible School Closings

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00

Decision Expected Feb. 25, Committee to Be Formed

The Mineola Board of Education discussed the possibility of closing two of its four elementary schools at last week’s board of education meeting. A decision on school closings is expected at the February 25 meeting of the board of education. In addition, the board decided to form a committee to explore possible grade configurations for the district.


When Big Business Interferes With Quality of Life

Written by Joe Rizza and Katie Piacentini Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00

Residents Disturbed by Noise Emanating from Verizon Equipment

John and Ida Ferreira are longtime members of the Mineola community. They own the well-known “For Birds Only” store on Jericho Turnpike and have lived in their home on 13th Avenue in the village for the past 32 years.


Two Pauls to Seek Re-election

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00

Cusato, Pereira to Run in March for Village Board

They may be running under different party lines, but both Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira have a mutual respect for each other and are both seeking re-election to serve another two-year term on the Mineola Village Board of Trustees.


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