Responding to alleged misconceptions about New York State’s new common core testing module, the Mineola School District is planning to host a town-hall style talk for concerned parents.
The state reported a 40 percent drop in test scores at the beginning of the school year across Long Island in third-through eighth-grade English and math scores. Mineola’s scores for common core English tests showed student proficiency at 39.8 percent with math grades coming in at just 43.7 percent.
Mineola residents were out in full force on Wednesday, Oct. 9 to oppose a Bolla Market Inc. proposal to build a 24-hour Exxon gas station and convenience store at 449 Jericho Turnpike. The site directly abuts village residences.
More than 90 people attended the meeting, including Maria McCarey of White Road. She lives directly behind the property.
McCarey collected 124 signatures from surrounding neighbors, who oppose the gas station. She feels it will encourage loitering, create quality of life issues and increase traffic.
On Friday, Oct.11, residents can help fight breast cancer for only the cost of a slice of pizza. Local business SKINNYPIZZA will be donating half of its sales from the day to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation, a national charity based in Seattle. It’s part of Slice of Hope, a country-wide charity event.
Slice of Hope is the creation of Karen Mullen Foundation co-founder Jeremy White. The event has been held for the past three years, and the foundation donates all of the money raised to leading cancer research labs.
It started with 800 people and now, more than 30,000 come out for the Annual Tunnel to the Towers 5K Run/Walk, now in its 12th year. Eighty people left from Piccola Bussola Restaurant in Mineola for lower Manhattan on Sunday, Sept. 29 to retrace the steps of Stephen Siller, a FDNY fireman that abandoned his truck and ran through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel with 75 pounds of gear to help as the towers were falling during the Sept. 11 attacks.
Siller was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned what was happening.
When Anthony Clark learned a crowdfunding project for his book The Last Campaign: How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity and Enshrine their Legacies, successfully garnered the required $7,500 on Kickstarter.com to secure his trip to U.S. presidential libraries, he couldn’t ignore the irony. Clark reached his goal the same day the federal government shut down, effectively putting his trip to the remaining libraries on hold, for now. All federal landmarks, including the libraries, are closed due to the shutdown.
The Mineola native started the campaign on Sept. 1. He had until Oct. 1 to raise enough money in the all-or-nothing fundraising effort.
The Mineola Village Board recently passed a plan to increase trustee terms from two to four years, which won’t take affect until 2018. While not required, the board held a public hearing. Opinions fell on both sides, but one Mineola resident in particular, feels the board left a key element out of the conversation.
Jean Fallabella, citing New York State law at last weeks board meeting, feels the boards decision is subject to “permissive referendum,” meaning the public must garner enough signatures within 30 days from the plans passage—roughly 20 percent of registered voters—to demand a vote to either approve or deny the term change. Nearly 2,400 people would have to sign a petition to force a vote. If no petition is field, the law goes into effect automatically.
A new study of Long Island’s trains has culminated in a “Laggy” win by the Port Jefferson Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, which runs through Mineola. The “Laggy” awards were given this month to branches of the LIRR with the greatest lost economic productivity, delay per rider and lost time, as a tongue-in-cheek way of getting additional capital investment in local rails from state legislators.
“LIRR’s frequent delays truly add up to lost economic productivity and commuter time over the course of a year,” said Ben Rosenblatt, the research fellow for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, who conducted the analysis. “In fact, estimates of total lost productivity are greater than last year’s profits of some of Long Island’s largest companies, such as VOXX International, Nathan’s, and 1-800 FLOWERS.”
Four students from Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center in Albertson will have their artwork of digital images with interpretive text displayed at the 2013 Embracing Our Differences outdoor art exhibition celebrating diversity from Oct. 14-27 at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. Their work will be enlarged into huge panels for the viewing.
Mineola’s oldest living resident, Bea Hubbard, died on Sept. 18. She was 106. Survived only by her nephew David Waters and his wife, Suzanne, Hubbard was born and raised in Coxsackie, N.Y., before moving to Mineola in 1932.
Hubbard taught business at Mineola High School until she retired in 1967, rising to the head of the business department at 60 years old. After graduating from Russel Sage College, she taught in Ripley, N.Y. before attaining her master’s degree from Columbia University.
David feels his aunt’s life, while defined by the age to most, was full because of her involvement in charitable and volunteer work. She was one of the founding members of the recently defunct Faith Evangelical Church in Garden City and worked many hours with the Salvation Army, the Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead, the American Association of University Women and the AARP, among other organizations.
The Mineola School District announced it will hold a referendum vote on Tuesday, Nov. 19 to get public permission to use $3.8 million from its capital reserve fund to make various repairs at its schools.
The reserve was created in 2011 by a proposition attached to an election day budget vote. The reserve, which currently holds the $5 million that the district initially set as a maximum, would shrink to a thin $1.2 million if the vote and
plan go through.
Thus, the district has attached to the November vote a second plan, which would increase the maximum allowed in the reserve to $15 million. This proposition would allow the board to designate future monies toward other capital projects, according to school officials.
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