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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

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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