Protesters with crude handmade signs occupied the Jericho Turnpike corners of Willis Avenue and Mineola Boulevard on a recent Saturday. One of their hand-lettered posters made an insulting anatomical reference to a local elected official. I asked the protesters what they were protesting, and they responded that they were protesting the “SAFE Act.” I asked what was wrong with the SAFE act, and they responded “Everything!” claiming that it took away their right to own guns. One apparent leader of the group asked why I was asking these questions, and I responded that I believed they had been given incorrect information, perhaps some of the half-truths and outright misinformation distributed by gun manufacturers through lobbyists such as the National Rifle Association. A younger protester began to yell at me that it “they” were taking away his constitutional right to own guns, but fortunately the more mature fellow calmed him and continued the discussion with me. I asked if they were aware that there was nothing in the SAFE Act that limited the number of guns they could own, as long as they were not convicted felons or adjudicated mentally ill. At that point, the other protesters started raising their voices, unfortunately interrupting the intelligent discussion I was having with their colleague. I wished them a nice day and moved on.
I never expected that looking out for my children would put me at the center of a public storm, and had no desire for media attention, yet here I am. Once again, I find myself having to respond to inaccurate stories.
First, I did not go to the media with the story of what followed the choking incident at Jackson. If I were going to bring that story to the media, I would have done it three months ago. I chose not to in an effort to keep everything positive for the children and the district. However, I was approached by the media after a letter that I had sent was given to reporters by Mrs. Parrino.
The letter is referred to as the “Ramos letter.” Laurain Jones and I wrote it in response to the board’s request for a detailed timeline of events following our request to meet with them.
Murray Datys, a Williston Park dogisdent. He is 4-year-old lab that was adopted from the North Shore Animal League when he was 13 weeks old. He is a big mush that thinks he is a lap dog, but he weighs in at over 100 pounds.
When Mike Granath and Chris Orlando got together five years ago to create a local town softball league they had all the tools in the making. Today, MWAL (Mineola Williston Park Athletic League) is as big as ever, where many people look forward to playing in the league every summer. Now in its fifth season, the league has expanded to 104 players and eight teams.
In Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare, we learn that “slow and steady wins the race.” Truthfully, many of us probably learned this first from an overconfident Bugs Bunny who challenged Cecil Turtle to a footrace. Who can forget his look-alike cousins who help the slow-talking tortoise outwit Bugs to win the race?
There’s something to be said about enlisting the help of others to steadily accomplish goals and this is true of my effort to protect Long Island’s drinking water. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to create the Long Island Aquifer Commission.
The Wheatley School Athletic Hall of Fame provides lasting recognition for those Wheatley athletes and coaches who have performed in an exemplary manner throughout their careers and/or beyond. The Hall of Fame also recognizes varsity teams that attained a high level of achievement. A selection committee comprised of the Athletic Director, members of the Athletic Department coaching staff and alumni recommend inductees into the Wheatley Athletic Hall of Fame. The Wheatley School community congratulates those who have brought such well-deserved recognition to our athletic program.
Thank you all for your strong support of the Mineola School District budget. I am humbled and honored to have been elected as a board of education trustee. Your engagement with our schools has made it a vibrant place to live and learn; your sustained engagement, of which there is no doubt, will be vital to our continued progress.
As my family is in the middle of high school graduation rituals, we are full of gratitude for the rich experiences Mineola schools provide. We are also grateful for the collaboration between homes and school, and within our neighborhood, that makes it so. With your support, we can continue to develop our Pre-K through grade 12 educational programs while always respecting the taxpayers who built our beautiful community.
Patricia Cregan Navarra
Mineola School Board Trustee-elect
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.
The Mineola law firm of Bellavia, Blatt, Andron & Crossett filed a $50 million anti-trust lawsuit for 120 auto dealerships that allege Carfax, a company that provides dealers with vehicle history reports for used automobiles, has unfairly and illegally precluded them from using the vehicle history report provider of their choice and negotiating a fair price, according to Leonard Bellavia. The lawsuit was filed on April 23 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, he said.
Carol’s Cause, the Mineola-based charity announced that Amarjeet Kaur, a junior enrolled in he baccalaureate nursing program at Farmingdale State College, is the recipient of the 2013 nursing student scholarship. The scholarship is valued at $3,500. Carol’s Cause is named for and was created to honor the dying wishes of Carol R. Laino, to help other women affected by gynecologic cancers.
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