I remember clearly
the cute little form of our child
born at the bright edge of morning.
How everything was a gift
building on this prolog,
the transfer of blood and love.
I remember what it is
to feel your belly
before our child was born,
the transfer of warmth and love.
How you talked and sang
in the still calm night, your words
reaching to cradle our child
in outstretched arms
was music flowing through me, too.
All the mysteries
folded into a delicate bundle,
wrapped in satin and
lined with Queen Ann’s lace.
The easiness of the first meeting,
our child known, seeing your joy—
tiny hands wrapped around your fingers.
Now the long hair already,
such forward little feet,
how promise and love wake to body.
Despite the rift of years,
the warmth continues to move inward,
still bringing me to my knees.
The heart pushes the flesh,
we all move into the uncertain seed
of the unknown.
But how like cloud is the realm of love.
Garden City Park
I have been a resident of the Mineola School District for 24 years. I was very happy to be involved as a volunteer in many ways over the course of my children’s education in our schools. During this time I came to know and work with some wonderful people, who selflessly gave their time and efforts to make things better for all of the children in our district.
As parents, and community members, we support Patricia Navarra for school board.
We feel her academic background as professor at Hofstra University along with her knowledge of common core and the future of academics in public education will continue to keep Mineola School District as model and leader in education.
I am writing on behalf of school board candidate Patricia Navarra. I have known Patricia Navarra for the past 15 years. We have sat side by side for many school functions, including PTA meetings, fundraisers and sporting events. I know her as a friend, parent and neighbor and I have always found her to be an honest and caring person. Patricia and I have had hundreds of conversations centered on education. We have daughters the same age and grade and have shared their triumphs and challenges. As parents and teachers between the both of us we have pretty much seen it all.
I was so happy to hear of Patricia Navarra’s announcement that she is seeking election to the Mineola School Board.
I have known of Pat for many years through her very visible volunteerism, benefiting the community, as president of both the PTA District Council and Mineola Middle School PTA. Recently, I have worked with Pat as a member of P.E.A.C.E. and have come to know her personally. What I learned about Pat was she is someone who accepted facts and understands that we have a community comprised of many types of people, who have different expectations and perspectives.
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
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Maureen O’Connell, the Nassau County Clerk, was the speaker at the recent Mineola Chamber of Commerce meeting. She is a registered nurse, a graduate of St. John’s Law School and a member of the Nassau County Bar Association. Maureen served as the deputy mayor and a member of the board of directors for the Village of East Williston from 1991 to 1998. In 1998, she became the first woman ever elected to the NY State Assemby from this district. In 2005, she was elected to her present position. Maureen lives in East Williston with her husband Don, and son Donald, Jr. The Chamber found her talk enlightening and peppered her with questions.
I would like to express my views and opinions on the Mineola Public Library. I have lived in Mineola for over 10 years and own a business in town as well. However, it was not until a year ago that I was introduced to the library by a girlfriends’ two teenage daughters – both self proclaimed “bookworms.” Upon first entering the library I thought it was very nice, but when I was given the full tour I was truly impressed. Back when I was in school, I spent many a day in a library researching through encyclopedias (they didn’t have Google back then); I even used to go into Manhattan and spend the whole day in the main library. But this library was bright, clean, organized and very well staffed by friendly and knowledgeable folks. I was home again.
What a treat it was to be at the opening of the Wheatley Theatre Company’s musical production of Legally Blonde. The show is full of wonderful singing and dancing and makes a great weekend activity. Congratulations to Director Lauren DiGennaro, Vocal Director Angela Luftig, Technical Advisors and Set Designers Paul Chisholm and Tom Storck and the rest of the production staff and all the terrifically talented Wheatley students and musicians who make this such a truly entertaining and viable theatrical evening.
Hands down, one of my favorite movies of all time is Forrest Gump and it popularized what I believe to be one of the most concise nuggets of wisdom ever: “Stupid is as stupid does.” It basically means that people’s actions are a pretty good measure of their intelligence. Even when there are those widely considered to be intelligent, if they regularly do stupid things, it’s better than even money that they’re not that bright.
I thought this insight on perfect display this past week as I read about the high school English teacher in Albany who asked his students to pretend they were Jew-hating Nazis for a writing assignment. His foolishness may only be matched this year by the Manhattan teacher who gave fourth-graders math problems based on how many daily whippings a slave received or the Georgia educators who were teaching elementary school division using the number of beatings per day abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass received.
So here we are again. You may recall that when I ran for the senate nearly three years ago, I, like many of you, was angry at our government in Albany. As a local mayor for eight years, I knew with frustrating clarity just how out-of-touch Albany had become to the plight of everyday people. And I wasn’t alone. Republicans and Democrats alike, young and old, were demanding change and I wanted to be a part of it. We’d had enough of bad decisions impacting our communities, of back-room deals, of legislators spending more time in the courthouse than the statehouse. We were done watching Nero fiddle while Rome burned.
There was a true sense of urgency in that group that marched into Albany together three years ago, made all the more concrete by the election of a new Governor who shared our commitment. And even if no one else could feel it, sitting in those chambers, there was a sense of hope among us.
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