Mineola School Board Vice President Terence Hale will resign from his post on July 2 under pressure from a soon-to-be-former colleague.
Trustee Irene Parrino, who was unseated by challenger Patricia Navarra in the latest school board election, served Hale with papers requesting the New York State Education Commissioner John B. King remove Hale from his seat. That would require state hearings.
Hale decided to step down instead—to save the school district the legal fees that a state hearing would entail.
Holly Bennardo thinks she is a person. She loves to sit next to her human, Dorrie, on the sofa and watch TV, resting her head on Dorrie’s shoulder. When she gets dog biscuits as rewards she hides them in the sofa cushions and goes back at a later time to retrieve them and eat them.
Dr. Mary Carlson is a foot and ankle specialist, but she gives more than just medical assistance. Her charity, Shoes For All, has provided struggling communities with sandals, sneakers, high heels, boots and more for almost three years, according to Carlson, its president and founder, and that’s only half of it.
Carl Marchese wanted to the Memorial Day Parade on May 27 honor those who couldn’t march that day, because they fought the good fight but couldn’t come home to their families.
Marchese, commander of American Legion Mineola Memorial Post No. 349 and everyone else assembled at Wilson Park at 10:30 a.m. Memorial wreaths were delivered to the Village Hall on Saturday, May 25.
The melodic poetry of Irish poet William Butler Yeats and the rhythms of Irish folk songs could be heard escaping through the doors of Mineola High School’s auditorium on May 29. The one-hour concert was the first of its kind at the school and the product of a co-curricular collaboration between vocal teacher Megan Messina and English teacher Michael Furey.
Shadow Farrell, who lives in Williston Park, is a 6-month old Scottish terrier. Shadow is a fun, playful, and sweet puppy. He loves to chase anything. He will chase balls, toys, leafs, and basically anything that moves.
Patricia Navarra emerged from the principal’s office at Jackson Avenue School, giving two thumbs up seconds before Mineola School District Superintendent Michael Nagler announced she unseated incumbent school board trustee Irene Parrino on May 21. The 15-year Williston Park resident beat out the Albertson attorney 933 to 684 votes.
Parrino exited the office after the election results were cheered by residents in attendance. The district budget totaled $86.1 million and passed 1,110 to 638. It showcased a budget-to-budget increase of 2.56 percent and a tax levy of 2.18 percent.
With lingering questions, the Mineola Village Board delayed making a decision whether to grant a special-use permit to architect Robert Robles’ expansion and renovation of the Grace International Assembly of God Church at 172 Willis Avenue. The plan would see the building almost double from 4,760 square feet to 9,322 square feet.
The church was built in 1899, as indicated by the cornerstone on the south side. An extension was added in 2007.
It was never the end for Frank Ferrante in February 2011, when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver and colon cancer.
His answer to fighting the sickness? “Go forward and don’t ever look back.”
Ferrante, now 75, still plays tennis six hours a week, a ritual he’s kept since he began his tussle with cancer. He, along with his hero Dr. Vincent Vinciguerra of North Short LIJ, were honored at Night on the Town in Mineola at Jericho Terrace on May 22.
President Tony Da Silva and the Mineola-based Folklore groups Ranchos Juventude (Youth) and Sonhos de Portugal (Dreams of Portugal) performed before a crowd of over 350 during the “Spotlight on Portugal” segment at Hofstra University’s 30th Annual Dutch Festival. The traditional dance groups, representing the region of Portugal known as Minho, were introduced by support from a wide-array of Portuguese community leaders, including event guest-M.C. and Hofstra alumnus Gabriel Marques, New York State Senator Jack Martins, Village of Mineola Deputy-Mayor Paul Pereira as well as civic group presidents Frank Teixeira (Mineola Portuguese Center), Manuel Rodrigues (Portuguese Heritage Society), Fernanda Aguas (LI Portuguese Lions Club) and Rosa Leal (Daughters of Portugal).
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