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Newsbriefs

Heckelman Named Massapequa School Lunch Director 

Mineola resident Paul Heckelman joined the Massapequa School District as the new school lunch director. He is responsible for coordinating and supervising the efficient operation of school lunch programs and staff. 

In Heckleman’s prior position, he was the executive chef/assistant food service director for a top-rated nursing facility where he supervised a staff of 100, organized all catering and special events from conception to completion, and was responsible for a $1.5 million budget. He has also worked for top hotels including the Plaza Hotel in New York, the Marriot Hotel on Long Island as well as the Brookville Country Club in Glen Head. 

Heckelman graduated from the Culinary Institute of America.

Mineola Rolls Out New Report Cards

To align with the new Common Core Learning Standards, the Mineola School District has established new standards-based report cards for students in grades pre-K-6. In conjunction with parental input, a committee of teachers worked last spring to create progress indicators aligned with the Common Core anchor standards in English language arts, Common Core math standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The new report cards will be distributed every trimester rather than every quarter and are designed to be more informative than the previous format.

Detailed information on the new report cards will be featured in workshops at the end of October. Mineola parents are urged to save the following dates: Oct. 23 for Mineola Middle School; Oct. 28 for Jackson Avenue School; Oct. 29 for Hampton Street School and Meadow Drive School.

Advanced Placement Honors For Mineola Students

More than 60 Mineola High School students have been recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars due to their outstanding success on advanced placement exams. Students took AP exams in May 2013 after completing challenging college-level courses in the district in a variety of subjects.

Wheatley Student Honored By LIAA

Wheatley School senior Samantha Siegler was honored as one of 20 students to receive the prestigious Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar-Artists for 2013-14. This program recognizes students who excel in both academics and in the areas of music, visual arts, dance, theater or media arts. Siegler will be honored at the end of the school year at the Tilles Center at C.W. Post.

Flu Shot Program In October

Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell announced the Senior Citizen Flu Shot program, which provides free flu shots to local seniors to be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Post No. 144, 730 Willis Avenue in Williston Park, New York.  Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 571-6377.

Free Computer Class

The “COMPUTEERS” club of Mineola High School’s Student Service Center is offering a four-session computer course for senior citizens who reside in the Mineola School District. The Fall course will be offered on Wednesdays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6 and 13 from 2:25 to 3:25 p.m.

Classes are held at the high school. There is no charge for this course. No computer experience is necessary and all levels of computer literacy are addressed. Class participants are given one on one instruction with high school student volunteers. 

Attendees must register in advance, since enrollment is limited. To register, call 516-237-2615 and leave a message with your name and phone number.  

Stand Down October 14

The Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens will conduct an Irish American Veterans Recognition Day and Stand-Down on Oct. 14. All military veterans are welcome at the event at the society’s Mineola headquarters at 297 Willis Avenue. A presentation on veteran benefits is from noon to 3 p.m.

Sandwiches and salad will be served along with coffee, tea, cake and soda bread. For more information or to make a reservation, call 516-746-9392. The deadline is Oct. 4.


News

Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.

 

It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.

Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.

 

“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”

 

After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com