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Athletic League Going Strong

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

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.


From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Slow And Steady

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.


From The Desk Of Superintendent Dr. Elaine Kanas

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Wheatley School Athletic Hall Of Fame 

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.


Letter: A Thank You For Mineola

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

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


Around The Town With Lou: June 14, 2013

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

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.


Mineola Firm Files $50M Lawsuit Against Carfax

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

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 Nursing Scholarship Recipient Named

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

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.


The Crabapple Tree

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

In full blossom.

Light fills the air with its song,

whether we hear its notes or not.

And we learn its scent 

by memory, rustling

the green leaves and the petals

that flutter and fall like snow,

ever so lightly to the ground.


Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Leandra’s Law

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

The New York State Senate passed legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law by ensuring that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

Leandra’s Law was enacted in 2009 following the death of 11 year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed while riding in a car driven by her friend’s intoxicated mother. As part of Leandra’s Law, all convicted DWI offenders must install and use an ignition interlock in all vehicles they own or operate for a period of at least six months after their DWI conviction. Ignition interlocks are breath test devices linked to a vehicle’s ignition system which prevent the car from starting if alcohol is detected in the driver’s breath.


Around The Town With Lou: May 31, 2013

Written by Lou Sanders, Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

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.

Fifty great years is the way John Carroll describes his marriage to Patricia; the two marked their anniversary May 4. The happy couple lives on Banberry Road and celebrated the occasion at a local Italian restaurant, following a Mass at Corpus Christi Church. At the party were their children, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, nieces and nephews. John is active in the Irish American Society and is a member of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce.

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