In the early weeks of October, the Mineola Golden Age Club has been engaged in a diverse variety of activities and presentations. President Lillian Barnola made a presentation of $500 to Christine McDonald of America’s Vet Dogs in Smithtown. It is very costly to train each dog, which is then matched with a recipient. The club was introduced to a little black dog who is currently in training.
Six Herricks High School students (including two from Williston Park and one from Albertson) were recognized by the Siemens Foundation recently in the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students. Herricks had more students qualify as semifinalists than all other Nassau and Suffolk public schools. The Herricks students are Byeongho Jung, Bongseok Jung, Raphael Kim, Jacqueline Lee, Lopa Shah and Jim Tse.
Former Seinfeld show writer Carol Leifer demonstrated her skills as a stand-up comic in an appearance on Saturday, Oct. 25, with what became a humorous monologue about growing up with her family in East Williston, her career and some of the finer points about Jewish behavior.
“My dad was an optometrist who would come home with hilarious stories. He’d ask people to read the eye chart, and they’d say, ‘Out loud?’” she told her audience at Meadowbrook Pointe in Westbury. “My dad would joke that optometrists were lousy lovers because the whole time they’d be in bed with a woman, they’d be saying, “Better like this or better like this?”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo stood fast in his reasoning of home quarantine guidelines for returning healthcare workers that treated Ebola patients in West Africa, after a school technology talk at Mineola Middle School last week. He said he disagrees with the federal government’s response to the disease and thinks a quarantine could be lawfully enforced if needed.
“All we’re saying is healthcare workers who were exposed to infected people, or citizens coming from those countries who were exposed to infected people, need to have a 21-day quarantine at home,” Cuomo said. “I believe people will comply. If they don’t, it’s legally enforceable that we can mandate the quarantine. I don’t believe it’s going to come to that.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured Mineola Middle School last week before touting the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, which he says would level the playing field in terms of technology in schools.
“Change is scary,” Cuomo said. “We’re pushing hard. Why? Because we have to. The educational system in New York must improve. The single best dramatic transformation is going to be technology. If you think about it, education is one of the few areas where technology has not been utilized.”
Peter Zuckerman is running as the Democratic Party’s incumbent candidate for 2nd District on the Town of North Hempstead Council. The district encompasses the villages in the Mineola area.
“Nine months ago, I was recommended by Supervisor Judi Bosworth and approved with bipartisan support of the Town Board. This has been a dream job for me,” Zuckerman told the
Mineola American, on explaining why he is running for office. “I had the pleasure of serving the residents of the incorporated Village of East Hills for 11 great years, but this job has given me the opportunity to expand the area I represent and, thus, the opportunity to be of service to a greater number of people.”
The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.
When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.
“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and
predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”
Tax breaks for the new apartment complexes have Mineola School Board officials alleging they weren’t consulted in cementing long-term tax relief, while influxes of school-aged children could create class size issues and budget planning problems. However, Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss argues that isn’t the case.
“There were numerous hearings held [in Village Hall],” Strauss said. “They were invited. No one representing the school district participated. “I invite the school board to work
cooperatively with the village board as we review other projects.”
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
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