Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and the village board of trustees officially opened Emory Road Park on Saturday Oct. 5.
Emory Road Park is the first new park created in the village of Mineola in more than 40 years, according to the village records. The park is designed for use by children age 5-12 and is also the first park ever in the northwest section of Mineola.
“We are committed to providing our residents with the best family-oriented public amenities village resources allow,” said Mayor Strauss. “Our families deserve nothing less.”
Silvia M. and Celina M., both 2013 graduates of the Henry Viscardi School recently had their artwork selected by the VSA (Very Special Arts) International Art Program for Children with Disabilities for display at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library and U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., in November. This is the first time a Viscardi student has entered the contest.
Missy Dunlop, 16
A bundle of talent and a musical background to be reckoned with, Missy Dunlop of Mineola High School isn’t just like anyone walking down a hallway. Thrust into the spotlight as soon as she could walk, Dunlop’s been performing ever since. On her list of the many plays she’s been involved in over the years are famous hits such as In the Heights, Oklahoma, and Almost, Maine.
The 5th Annual Bicycle Safety Day took place on Sunday, Sept. 22, noon to 3 p.m.
County Seat Kiwanis and Mineola Bicycle will hosted the event. The day was designed to teach and promote bicycle safety and free to attend.Children can brought their helmets and bicycles to be inspected and adjusted. A skills course was set up for kids to ride their bikes through, and upon completion they received a certificate.
A fire truck will be available for tours from Safety Day-goers and free eye screenings by Dr. Melania Napolitano of Mineola Eye Center. Giveaways and promotions will be available throughout the day.
“It’s about the kids and having fun and being safe,” said Barry Dworkin of Mineola Bicycle. “They’ll got to learn safety while enjoying a nice Sunday outside.”
Members of the Mineola High School varsity cheerleading squad recently visited third-and fourth-grade students at Jackson Avenue School to lead a pre-homecoming pep rally celebration and introduce a school cheer. Varsity cheerleading coach and Jackson Avenue teacher Laura Kligman volunteered her team for the event, which was coordinated by the Jackson PTAg. The cheerleaders taught their peers two new school cheers, complete with hand routines.
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.
On Wednesday, Sept. 4, students of Saint Aidan School were welcomed back for the new school year. The children were greeted by Principal Miss Oliver, Assistant Principal Mrs. Rowan and their teachers as they arrived with backpacks and big smiles and headed to their new classrooms.
Senior musicians Michelle Senra and Bonnie Small will represent Mineola School District’s music department at this year’s New York State School Music Association’s All-State Music Festival in December. The festival will feature high school student-musicians from throughout New York State. Additionally, fellow musician Rebecca Bastos achieved alternate status for the All-State Mixed Chorus.
Albertson native Kevin Hardiman interned at RedLand Strategies, a security and public safety firm in Nassau County managed by former State Senator Michael Balboni. Kevin is a product of Mineola Public Schools and Chaminade High
School, and currently attends Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he majors in political science, international studies, and integrated marketing communications.
Incoming Mineola High School eighth-graders were treated to lunch courtesy of the Mineola High School PTSA during the eighth-grade barbecue on Sept. 3. Teachers and administrators did the cooking and enjoyed meeting their new students.
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