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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

The Mineola Fire Department will kick off its Operation Santa program on Friday, Dec. 12.  Santa and his helpers will be visiting homes in Mineola until Dec. 23.  Santa will start his rounds each night at approximately 7 p.m.

 

If you would like Santa to stop by your home and visit your children, please call Ex-Chief Gary Mazur at 516-746-6583 and he will return your call as soon as possible to arrange a visit for you.  Please leave your cell and home numbers and call early as dates fill up fast.


Audience members were treated to an evening of incredible singing by 10 extremely talented Wheatley students during the Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Wheatley Idol X on Friday, Nov. 7, in the packed Wheatley auditorium.

 

Nada Al-Okla, sang “Titanium” by David Guetta, Michaela Balboni sang “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, Alex Boubour sang “Love Song” by The Cure, Melanie Esquilin sang “At Last” by Etta James, Tessa Karikas sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, Ben Lee sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, Lauren Levine sang “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, Ally Levy sang “A

Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope, Juliana Luber sang “Reflection” by Alan Menken and Morgan Misk sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.


Sports

Mineola High School student Mary Elizabeth Smith signed her letter of intent to attend Stetson University in the fall. She is receiving a partial athletic scholarship and will be a member of the Stetson Rowing team.  

 

Smith is an accomplished rower who has trained locally and competed nationally. She began her rowing career as a 10th grader and ranks 53 in her rowing classification. 


 

In their semifinals home playoff game, the 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs (7-2) shut out perennial power Seaford Broncos 21-0. 

 

The Chiefs defense, the strength of the team, was lights out, making gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Charlie Villa, Luigi Kaloudis, Michael Nygaard, Luke Ruiz, John Jochym, Zachary Bohringer, Johnny Kessler, Zakria Zulfiqar and Jack McCormack kept the pressure on Seaford’s offense all game long. The Linebackers John Viggiani and Nick Rios attacked the runners and finished off the Broncos.


Calendar

Rockinghams - November 29

Village Green Tree Lighting - December 2

Village Meeting - December 3 


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