Many people are upset about the concept of closing some of our elementary schools. However, I believe that we need to look at what is best for the entire district. Few, if any, districts on Long Island run two elementary schools as small as Meadow Drive and Hampton Street. The consolidation of our schools will save programs for the entire district and could actually make it possible to improve some of them.
“On Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerged before a crowd of people in Pennsylvania seeing his shadow, marking six more weeks of winter. Many times during the winter months, your bills increase as a result of trying to heat your homes.
Teddy Roosevelt greeted everybody who came to the Superbowl Breakfast of the County Seat Kiwanis Club. James Foot does a good job portraying our 26th president. Among those we met at the breakfast were Paul and Peggy May, Ed Schutz, Lois Hanson, Harry Peters, Diandrn Murga, Helene and Joel Harris, Town Clerk Leslie Gross, Luisa Filipe, the Kiwanis President, Dr. Ann and Rich Forte, Amelia Puro, Ed and Geraldine Solosky, Sal Cataldo, Joe DiGiorgio, Pete Owens, Ed Hajduk, Tom and Madeline Phelan, Rich and Joanne Ueland, Tom and Lillian Rumore, Dominick and Carolina De Oliveira, Antonio and Gloria Martins, Antonio Martins, Dr. Frank Johnson, Lou and Pat Santosus, Manny Grilo and his mother Maria, Joyce Gorycki, Gabe Parajos, Don Hammond, John and Jackie Carway, Joe and Kimberly Corcoran Galante, Dolores Mangold, Maddy Maffetore, Walter and Joan Hobbs, Charles Berman, the Receiver of Taxes, Margaret Fleming, Mayor Lud and Ursula Odierna, Mildred Clinton and Ed Curran. Money raised sends kids to summer camp.
The New York State Senate last week passed important legislation that would allow municipalities to offer health services and insurance to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced.
Recently, I was in a conversation with a friend I hadn’t seen in about a year and the subject drifted from the state of our economy to overall taxes and then to school taxes. When he heard just how much it costs per year for a student here in Mineola, he had but one comment, “It’s a wonder that you don’t all stand at the school board with pitchforks and demand a stop to those taxes.”
Slander and libel were my topics as I spoke to the Leisure Club having been invited by Gerri Solosky, the program chairperson. Her husband Ed is the president. There were 117 people at the meeting. Among those I had a chance to talk to were Bill and Ann Doyle, Charles and Marjorie Bedell, Mary Creegan, Joe McCarthy, Hilda Nagler, Helen Melvin, Josephine Musico, Margaret Rooney, Mary O’Boyle, Mary Clarkin, Patricia Haddock, Mary Ann Plaia, Jeanne Scisci, Electra Gaglia, Greta Benkert, Jean Gallo, Simon and Marilyn Lemli, Anges Delaportas, Arline Cavanaugh, Lillian Barnola, Trude and Harold Pfleghardt, Leslie Kerzner, Sonia Rechcigl, Jean Cerruti, Agostina Giambalvo, Ann Hull, Enes Morello, Dorothy Rehman, Helen Minchella, Dorothy Cmielowski, Helen McCarthy, and Eileen Ferguson. The threat of slander was the reason that Mayor Martins changed the speaking format at the televised village board meetings. There was a personal attack against an unelected person that could have led to legal action. Now the mayor requires written subject matter from people wanting to address the board.
More than half of school board members say their district would need to lay off teachers based on Gov. David Paterson’s proposed state budget, according to the most recent New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) “Pulse Poll.”
Senator Craig M. Johnson and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg joined with Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice to announce tough new legislation to help combat the heroin epidemic on Long Island and hold drug dealers accountable for the deaths and destruction that they cause.
At the start of this new decade, liver disease continues to be major source of morbidity and mortality both at home and around the world. We expect a significant rise in the incidence of viral hepatitis and other infectious diseases following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Hepatitis B is one of those conditions. During the last decade, our ability to recognize, understand and treat hepatitis B has improved exponentially. From the first approved therapies in the mid-1990s through today, we have seen several new potent agents become available to treat this potentially serious infection. Chronic hepatitis B affects an estimated 300 million to 400 million people worldwide and about 1 million to 2 million people Americans. It is more common in Asian-Americans and Native Americans than Caucasians and African-Americans. Chronic hepatitis B is characterized in the blood by a positive hepatitis B surface antigen and the presence of hepatitis B virus in the blood and it is usually asymptomatic. People suffering from this virus have an increased chance of developing cirrhosis, liver cancer and needing a liver transplantation due to liver failure. In the United States, sexual contact is the most common means of disease transmission, although this condition may be passed along via contact from any bodily fluid. It is for this reason that all close contacts of chronic hepatitis B patients need to be vaccinated against hepatitis B to prevent its spread.
On Jan. 21, Barbara Mattina will retire after 35 years of service to the village and Mineola will say goodbye to one of the best civil servants it has ever known.
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