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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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