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Letter: Vote For Navarra

I am writing on behalf of school board candidate Patricia Navarra. I have known Patricia Navarra for the past 15 years.  We have sat side by side for many school functions, including PTA meetings, fundraisers and sporting events. I know her as a friend, parent and neighbor and I have always found her to be an honest and caring person. Patricia and I have had hundreds of conversations centered on education.  We have daughters the same age and grade and have shared their triumphs and challenges.  As parents and teachers between the both of us we have pretty much seen it all. 

 

One common thread in our conversations has always been how different children learn, and why as a society we expect all of them to fit into a “cookie cutter” mold.  Every child is like a snowflake, none the same; yet we expect them to all learn in the same manner. Each and every conversation we had always ended in how can we do better?  Unfortunately we haven’t come up with one perfect answer. We only know that doing it the “old fashioned” way doesn’t work.  As a result Patricia has adapted her “curriculum” to include and embrace all her students no matter what their needs may be.  When she sees something doesn’t work she asks herself “What can I do better/different?” She asks the students their opinion and she makes them feel as though it matters because she uses what they say in a way that they feel valued.  

 

The Mineola Board of Education needs a person such as Patricia Navarra, desperately.  She is one of the most honest and caring people I have ever met.  She genuinely cares about each and every student and it radiates in everything she does. Not everyone can balance politics, fairness, kindness and compassion with grace; yet she does.  Patricia Navarra will be a tremendous asset to Mineola, and she has my vote, and I hope she has yours too.

Cathy Clancy

Mineola School District Parent

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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