The Mineola School Board chose resident Nicole Matzer to succeed Terence Hale after he resigns on July 2. The board interviewed Matzer along with Bryan Bradley at a special meeting on Thursday, June 27. It is unknown who will serve as board vice president.
Matzer just finished her second year as District Council co-president. She previously served as Willis Avenue PTO president for two years.
East Williston has a new “Summer Youth Internship” Program aimed at getting Wheatley School students involved in their community. Alum Ashley Copperstone runs the program and graduated from Wheatley in 2010. She currently attends Skidmore College as an education and history double major.
The internship program will last six weeks, from June 24 to Aug. 1. Twelve students, mostly aged 16 or younger, are signed up for this summer.
The year is 1930. In classic Old Hollywood, the world of speakeasies and celebrity mansions still exist.
This is the setting for Tilt of a Rose, one of more than 100 short and feature-length independent films from all over the world that was accepted into the Long Island International Film Expo. This particular film strikes particularly close to Nassau County’s heart because it was written, directed and produced by Mineola’s own, Nugent Cantileno.
The Mineola School District Board of Education invites candidates to submit letters of interest to serve on the board, in the seat to be vacated by Terence Hale. The term of service will run from July 2 through May 20, 2014.
The Knights of Columbus Hall on Jericho Turnpike was transformed into a diner on the morning of June 16 with bustling busboys and waiters. However, these workers were wearing Boy Scout uniforms.
The event was Troop 45’s pancake breakfast, held annually on Father’s Day for about 25 years, according to Steve Grosskopf, the troop’s scoutmaster. All proceeds from ticket and advertisement sales, which are done by the boys, go to the scouts to help them acquire a coach bus to transport them to summer camp in July, Grosskopf said.
The issues arising from the release of emails that contained questionable language from Board Vice President Terence Hale spilled over into the final Mineola School District public meeting on June 20. Hale will resign from his position on July 2.
Laurain and Steven Jones, parents of a student involved in a food-choking incident in the Jackson Avenue School on Jan. 25, lambasted the board for denying their request for a meeting, according to a petition provided to the Mineola American by trustee Irene Parrino. She filed a petition with the state education commissioner to remove Hale from his seat. That will become moot after next Tuesday, when Hale officially steps down.
The undefeated Mineola Middle School seventh grade softball team ended its season with a 3-1 win over Clarke. Front Row (left to right): Captains Tierney Fitzgerald and Emily McGuire. Middle Row: Ava Collica, Erin Buckley, Victoria DeFrancis, Ashley Sandoval and Sofia Cataliotti. Back Row: Kaitlyn McCarey, Angelina Morelli, Julianne Wotruba, Sarah Carbain, Aileen Miller, Victoria Pomposelli, Nicole Chiu and Coach Witt.
Hooray! One of the best signs the school year is coming to a close is Field Day, and the signs have been all over our schools these past few weeks as the Red, White or Blue teams take to the fields for some friendly intramural competition. Hampton Street School held its Field Day on June 12.
Plans for the Old Country Road apartment complex have been rejected yet again by the Village of Mineola, according to Buildings Superintendent Dan Whalen. The 17-page rejection to Mineola Properties (MP) LLC focused on state code issues.
MP has resubmitted plans to Mineola three times since taking over the property. The initial proposal called for 257 apartments. A second revision raised it to 345, with more, smaller units. This latest version pared the project down again to 315.
Mayor Scott Strauss called this a “normal standard process,” with plan resubmissions.
Mineola Village Superintendent of Buildings Dan Whalen recently met with contractors, engineers and hospital reps concerning the $80 million Winthrop University Hospital construction project. He said the meeting detailed the placement of crane operations when the bulk of the project gets underway.
According to Whalen, street closures will be implemented, with most eight to 12 hour work days occurring on Saturdays, avoiding Sundays over the next 18 months. Winthrop did not return calls for comment.
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