The New York State Senate approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well as programs for the developmentally disabled. The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent 2 percent state-spending cap.
At the March 6 Workshop, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Jacqueline Fitzpatrick, presented a summary of the previous week’s budget presentation, ‘A Budget Overview’..
As lifelong Mineola residents, we urge all Mineola voters to support and vote for Mayor Scott Strauss, Trustee George Durham and Dennis Walsh in the upcoming village elections.
I am writing this letter in reply to a statement made by Richard Brummel at the Village of Mineola Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 6.
Mr. Brummel is trying to save a tree on private property located on Roslyn Road. This house has been foreclosed and he feels a developer will expand the property and remove the tree.
I was accused of deliberately coughing while he was at the podium trying to force the board of trustees of the Village of Mineola to enforce a tree ordinance program.
We are writing this letter in support of Mayor Scott Strauss and the New Line Party in the upcoming election for Mayor and Trustees in the Village of Mineola. We feel that the New Line Party, under the leadership and direction of Mayor Strauss continues to keep this village on the right track and will continue to move us in the direction that will allow for fiscal responsibility while maintaining excellent services and a place that we are proud to raise our sons.
Scott Strauss has accomplished a great deal in just two short years at the helm of our village. Mayor Strauss has demonstrated time and again what many of us already knew about him – that he is a true leader. He has continuously put the interests of the village and its residents above all else. He has been cool under pressure when dealing with wide-ranging issues from super storm Sandy to maintaining balanced budgets.
As you know, New York State has signed on, with the majority of other states in the country, to implement the Common Core Curriculum, a comprehensive K-12 curriculum. This year you have received information regarding the Common Core from various sources, including parent workshops sponsored by your PTOs and the District. For the first time, the state ELA and Math assessments in grades 3-8 will reflect students’ grasp of the new common core material.
In the past, I have shared with you an informative New York State Education Department website, Engageny, which has lots of information and resources on the Common Core and its implementation. This site is used by many New York State Educators. New York State has recently updated the website, providing a special section just for parents. I think you will find it very interesting and helpful as you partner with us in your child’s education. Go to www.engageny.org and click on the upper right-hand box, Parent & Family Resources. On the left-hand side of the page you will see Parent Resources that you can click on for further detail. These include parent Guides to the Common Core Standards, videos and some educational activities you can do at home with your child, in support of their learning.
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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Ravens fans were full of hope at the Kiwanis Club’s Super Bowl Breakfast. Among those we met there were Lois Hanson, Zoila and Joshua Giron, Ed Schutz, Audrey Meinking, Barry Dworkin, Peggy and Paul May, Michael, Jennifer, Sean, Erin and Kiera Reddy, Pete Owens, Gloria Sena, John Collins, james Burdi, Henry Maslon, Bob and Dick Rosenthal, Marvin Kamiel, Joe and Karen Laino, Joe Tartaglia and Joe Jr., Tom Dwyer, Tony Natala, Neil and Madeline Pilota, George Dunhan, Matt Scala, Dom Giordano, Robbin Valentine, Dr. Ann Forte, Scott Fairgrieve, Mayor Scott Strauss, Joe Galante, Carl Marchese, Bill Urianek, Lillian and Tom Riemore, Gabe Parajos, Luisa Felipe, Dan McAllister and Mike Peiffer.
Friendships often start with schoolyard associations, chance encounters, and, today, via computer. It is a rare occurrence for a friendship to begin as the result of a grudge.
In the late 1940s, one of our neighboring families decided that they detested everyone within sight of their house. One evening, they systematically knocked on the door of every home on the block and announced, “We’re going to move and we’re selling the house to Jews!” That’s all anyone needed to hear.
A short time afterwards, my parents told me that soon I would have some new friends, a boy slightly younger than me and a girl two years older. They mentioned that the family was Jewish, to which I responded, “That’s nice. Um… what’s Jewish?” They merely said that this family goes to church on Saturday and the men wear hats in church.
The Greene family brought a welcome change.
I had the incredible pleasure of attending my first Willets Road Winter Concert last week. It was really quite extraordinary to think that our 11 and 12-year-old students gave such beautiful and disciplined performances. Congratulations to all the students who worked so hard to provide such a special evening. Congratulations must also be given to the Willets Road music teachers, Denise Giuliano, Scott Hoefling and Karen Brandine, whose instructional skill and commitment laid the cornerstone for our students’ achievement. Thank you, of course, to the Willets Road administration, Steve Kimmel and Danielle Gately, all the Willets Road teachers and the parents who continue to support and encourage our students in finding and developing new talents and interests. And while we are talking about music, last week’s fourth-grade chorus concert was similarly spectacular. Congratulations to music teacher Ed Lattari and his students for a wonderful experience. Again, thanks to Jim Bloomgarden, James Foy, North Side’s staff and all the parents who encourage our students’ artistic passions.
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