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From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins: June 25, 2012

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

The Triple Crown Of Tax Relief

There certainly must have been a lot of disappointment in the days leading up to the Belmont Stakes as thoroughbred racehorse and Triple-Crown favorite, I’ll Have Another, showed signs of tendonitis and was scratched. I imagine it must have wreaked a fair amount of havoc on the sport, but I think most notable was the widespread, collective letdown that people experienced. Maybe we fall victim to so much press hype but I think it has something more to do with human nature.  People love a winner, especially one that overcomes the odds, indisputably, three times over.

I feel that same sense of Triple Crown anticipation in the New York Senate as we passed a bill last week that would restore the STAR Property Tax Rebate checks.  The bill (S.7447) that I co-sponsored would mean $202 million back in the pockets of senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion back to middle class families starting in 2013-14.

 

Editorial: Fireworks Bring Back Thoughts Of Childhood

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Crackling of firecrackers, the searing sound of bottle rockets and shine of sparkling sparklers sets the tone for summer. Not the 21st day of June and certainly not the first 90-degree day, although some would beg to differ.

I remember as a child trekking out to Jones Beach to watch fireworks, at least before it kept getting canceled and the church up the block from my house would put on a show as well.

 

Around The Town With Lou: June 19, 2012

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 22 June 2012 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 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
 

Editorial: These Places Make Me Think…Actually Imagine The Old Days

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

I’m a sucker for a good movie set “back in the day.” They make me imagine what it was like, considering I’m not of primary source age or knowledge-wise in certain time periods. Maybe it’s because of the way things looked. Maybe everything seemed much more vibrant. I don’t know. I’m rambling.

Places like the Mineola Diner and Biscuits & Barbecue, which is right next door to Anton Community Newspapers, give me that sense of nostalgia when I pass the diner on Willis Avenue and Jericho Turnpike or B&B walking to the office each day. I imagine groups of men and women in hats and fedoras chomping down on breakfast and lunch. I picture an old Coke machine spitting out glass bottles of sweet delight.

 

Editorial: A Pancake On Father’s Day

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

I have never made pancakes. I can admit that. I’ve made steak, cooked beefy orzo, linguini with clam sauce, among other things, but not the circle shaped deliciousness that I prefer as a short stack. However, I will try in preparation for Father’s Day.

My inspiration came from the Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast held by Boy Scout Troop 45. They will hold its annual event on Sunday, June 17 at Knights of Columbus Hall on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins: June 12, 2012

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Degrees And Debt

Sometimes I look at my four daughters and catch my breath, not just because they’re beautiful (although I think they are), but because I wonder how in the world my wife and I are going to pay for their college educations. It’s not just us. It seems as if every couple we speak to has precisely the same dilemma. And almost everyone’s response is the same: get anxious, then get angry about tuition rates, and then try to ignore it for lack of a better answer.  It’s not much of a plan, but unfortunately many people are pinning their hopes on scholarships and loans.

So today, I’d like to share my own thoughts about the student loan crisis, which has been drawing national attention as of late and how I think we’re responsible for a bit of this mess.  I think it’s a worthwhile discussion for us to have here at home on Long Island, and of course, I welcome your thoughts should you care to email me.  

 

Around The Town With Lou: June 5, 2012

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 08 June 2012 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 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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St. Thomas More gave his life rather than betray his faith when he refused to sanction the divorce and remarriage of Henry the VIII. Deacon Brian Mannix said in his homily, in more modern times; he spoke of the murder of Bishop Oscar Romero who was gunned down right on the altar as he was saying Mass. The deacon also mentioned the three nuns and the church worker who were raped and killed and the killing of the six Jesuit priests and two women. All died fighting for the poor and oppressed in Latin America.

 

Editorial: The Memorial Park Gazebo And What It Could Be

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
I’m not from Mineola, but now that I’ve worked here for a few years, I can say I have a few favorite spots where I like to to take the time to unwind. Hampton Street Stadium has a great track, around which I’ve taken many laps while gathering my thoughts or trekking to Portugalia Bakery on Willis Avenue to grab a cup of coffee or a quick bite at Bairrada or P.S. Burger. But I have to say, a great place to ponder the days events, is…or was…the Memorial Park gazebo.
 

Around The Town With Lou: May 29, 2012

Written by Lou Sanders Wednesday, 30 May 2012 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 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Town Clerk Leslie Gross is a busy lady. She keeps all birth, death and marriage certificates for North Hempstead. She also issues all hunting, fishing, taxi and limousine licenses. Leslie keeps records of all town board meetings and all public hearings. In the audience at the Mineola Chamber where she spoke was John Davanzo who was town clerk for some 30 years. Leslie has performed more than 200 weddings and she told me that’s the best part of the job.

 

Editorial: I Like You, But Not That Much

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 00:00
I love going to Manhattan. I can’t count how many times I’ve gone to Greenwich Village, Madison Square Garden, Central Park or South Street Seaport. It’s a great place to hang out, and it serves as a melting pot of culture and excitement.

One of my favorite spots is the Comedy Cellar on MacDougal Street. It showcases great, stomach-grabbing laughs and occasionally, hosts some big name comedian who is never listed on the set list, so that huge crowds don’t pummel the basement-dwelling laugh-house.

 

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