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Around The Town With Lou: July 10, 2014

Written by Lou Sanders, editorial@antonnews.com Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

The John S. DaVanzo Community Pool is its official name. It bears this name because John is the man chiefly responsible for the facility’s existence. It was he who raised the funds and was the chairman of the pool board. It was fitting that his daughters, Judy and Mary, came to this year’s opening day ceremonies. Mayor Scott Strauss, remembers many happy summers at the pool. The Recreation Department is headed by Marie De Sousa and Dan Kopetic is the director. Jay Monaco is the chairman of the pool board and the other members are Rich Maher, Mary Ann Langone, Pat Strauss, Ken Solosky and me.

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Standards Are Not Curriculum

Written by sUperintendent Michael Nagler Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

I am still surprised how many people mistakenly believe that the Common Core Standards and the State’s Common Core Curriculum are the same thing; they are not.  The State has provided a curriculum guideline that may be followed to help children reach the standards.  Districts may or may not decide to use these curricula material; it is completely a local decision.  Mineola has used a combination of State materials and our own teacher created materials.  

 

I analogize the standards and curriculum to Equestrian show jumping.  In show jumping the course is comprised of a set of obstacles that every horse must complete; the obstacles are not moved, lowered or changed to accommodate the horse.  The common core standards were created with the same premise; a universal set of requirements that every student should meet.  Obviously there are many other factors that determine whether those standards are met.

 

Letter: Take Care Of The Veterans

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

I see from a recent edition of the Mineola American that a decision on veterans tax exemptions has been tabled by the Mineola School Board. This is a very petty way to treat the veterans that put their lives on hold to serve their country in its time of need (just like the first responders) so why deny the veterans a small exemption from the crippling school taxes which in some cases doubled after reassessment.

 

How typical of those who never served to dismiss veterans as a bunch of old has beens. If not for the veterans most of them would not be in such a nice lifestyle today. Those who never had to serve will

never realize the sacrifice the veterans made so that everyone can have their freedoms in all things in this day and age. 

 

Opinion: Too Much Of The Same Today

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

The events in Iraq the past few weeks took me back to a different time and place.

 

During the Vietnam War various USAF air bases in Vietnam and Thailand enlisted the aid of Cambodian civilians who were sympathetic to the United State’s cause to assist the American military with various tasks required for our war effort.

 

Letter: I Hope You’ll Dance

Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

I am a  East Williston resident and ninth grader at Kellenberg Memorial High School. I am in the process of working on my Girl Scout Gold Award Project. 

 

For my project, I am creating a dance program at St. Aidan’s for children with special needs. For the first program, I am opening up classes to girls age 7-12 with special needs.  

 

Letter: Latin Is Crucial In Learning

Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

Mineola was just one of the few schools in the area that offered Latin to our students. I know it would be sadly missed by the students, especially by the Latin Club, which is one of the largest clubs in Mineola High School. I strongly oppose this and am asking anyone, especially Mineola parents to make sure that this does not happen.

 

Latin terminology is vital to learning the advanced academic fields, such as medicine, law, theology and history. It strengthens ones ability to learn French, Spanish and Italian. Oh, and by the way, Latin helps a student maximize their SAT scores.

 

Editorial: Farewell My Lovely Crumbcake

Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

Growing up on Long Island in the 70s with health-conscious parents, we did not did not eat much in the way of processed, prepackaged foods, especially baked goods. One of few exceptions was Entenmann’s coffee cakes, which were made locally. Mom and Dad went for the pecan roll, though we kids were always hot for the crumb-topped coffee cake. (The chocolate-covered donuts, sadly, were never in play). 

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace, a graduate of Adelphi University, have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

The local Republican club had a dinner honoring the late John DaVanzo, State Senator Jack Martins and businessman Tony Lubrano. At the affair, we saw Robert Rosenthal, Walter Hobbs, Carmine Festa, Joyce Gorycki, Dolores Mangold, Linda Doerrbecker, Gabe Parajos, Terrence and Dorothy Timlin, Joe Scalero, Dennis Walsh, Tony, Nancy, Steven, Alyssa, and Raffaelo Lubrano, Paula Martins, Yuri Karasz, John Carway, Legislator Rich Nicolello, Kaitlin, Vanessa, Emma and Caroline Martins, Paul Ehrlich, Bill Greene, Richard Maher, Russ Sutherland, Michael Vezzi, Edward Hajduk, Judy and Mary Davanzo, Jack and Karen Gayson, Leslie Gross, Janet Wohlars, Regis Gallet, Scott Diamond, Antonio and Gloria Martins, Vanessa Martins-Perri and Vincent Conti.

 

Testing Kids To Rate Teachers? There’s A Better Way

Written by sUperintendent Michael Nagler Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Standardized exams didn’t become the high-intensity debate that it is now until New York State exam achievement was tied to teacher evaluation through the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) law. 

 

Unfortunately, no discussion currently underway addresses the genesis of the problem.  

 

The purpose of teacher evaluations is to improve teacher performance. However, a review of APPR reveals that the system was not designed to achieve that purpose. Consider the following:

 

Letter: Child Safety Or Money Grubbing?

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

I can imagine in Nassau County, where everything seems to go wrong, that school zone cameras will become a reality. The ball is in the hands of the people who can plan their routes so they don’t pass by schools or if it says 20 mph, creep through at 10 mph just to be safe. Chances are good that next light will be red anyway. What’s the rush? It’s up to us to ensure that not one summons ever gets issued.

 

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