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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

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


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