As the summer of 1962 arrived, so did I, returning home from my first year away at college. With the next three months at my disposal, after a little searching and a couple of phone calls, I secured a position with the Village of Mineola Recreation Department as a playground attendant at Wilson Park, an area that had become a welcome replacement for the Village’s outmoded sewage plant. Although the actual title was an imposing “Recreation Supervisor”, my co-workers and I were affectionately referred to by our young charges as “Parkies.”
Our director, Karl Brittel, set up an ironclad schedule for us: a four day week, each day consisting of an early shift, a late shift, and overlapping coverage by two of us during the mid-day peak hours. At $1.50 an hour, we were each automatically paid for a 40-hour week. Sick days and time off were accommodated by exchanging hours or dollars amongst ourselves. My late-shift days started at 10:30 a.m. and, with the exception of a one hour supper break, continued until I closed up shop at 9:30 p.m. Since Wilson Park was basically a massive pedestrian thoroughfare leading to the Village Pool, it attracted large numbers during the summer months.
The eastern borderline of Mineola and Carle Place, specifically near Bruce Terrace, has been plagued with flooding issues for decades. Plans were put in place over the last two years to get the issues resolved, but it seems that as one door opens, another closes.
Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini updated the plan that was agreed upon by the county, Mineola and the Town of North Hempstead. The plan stated that all three parties would work to resolve the issue. Furthermore, the scope of the construction would be shared equally.
Every two years, it gets dicey for elected officials, no matter how popular or unpopular they are. At times, incumbents go unopposed while others see a dogfight until Election Day. Will Mineola watch as seats are battled for? Stay tuned.
Current trustees Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira are both seeking re-election to serve another two-year term on the Mineola Village Board of Trustees. New Line Party candidate Pereira and Hometown Party staple Cusato revealed this to local media last Wednesday Jan. 11.
The Village of Mineola investigated recent claims of blight and gang presence in the village, specifically around the intersection of Willis Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. Those claims turned out to be false.
A resident quoted a section of the village municipal code during a recent meeting of the village board covering blight and its prevention via maintenance of property and graffiti, which he claimed were present on the southeast corner Lincoln and Willis Avenue.
Pointing to the new administration comprised of a history-making female majority and the first Iranian American elected to office in New York State, Supervisor Jon Kaiman took the oath of office for a fifth term Jan. 2, promising to hit the ground running with his reshuffled team and to continue stressing innovation, continuity and accountability.
With his wife, Kim, and his three children by his side along with a number of other family members, North Hempstead’s fifth-term supervisor was sworn in by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer at a mid afternoon ceremony at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park. He paid tribute afterwards to the political process and America, a place where one can go from political refugee to politician.
The year 2011 is over and 2012 has just begun. The Mineola American decided to start off the New Year with a quick look back at the stories that warmed hearts, humbled many, raised eyebrows and kept Mineola and the surrounding community buzzing.
In 24 Hours Craig Pinto edged former New York Yankee great Reggie Jackson for the title of “Mr. October” in philanthropic terms anyway.
The Mineola School District presented its preliminary numbers of the 2012-13 district budget at its Dec. 19 meeting at the Willis Avenue School. With a new 2 percent tax cap enacted by New York State, Long Island school districts face considerable challenges heading into the budget season.
The district is aiming at 2 percent for the 2012-13 school year. Mineola has been at or under 2.5 percent for four consecutive years without cutting programs.
The landscape of student education in the 21st century is rapidly changing from a traditional fact-based curriculum to a project-based learning environment, and Mineola High School is currently evaluating the benefits of embracing this new model for teaching.
According to New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner, the United States has been put at a serious disadvantage globally because of a lack of homogenous standards and assessments. With Steiner’s words in mind, a new, national assessment system will likely be anchored into schools, which means Regents exams in English and Math may be a thing of the past three to four years from now.
To say it’s going to be easy for municipalities and school districts to make a 2 percent tax cap would be misleading. Tough decisions are on the horizon; some residents will be in uproar and others will applaud those involved for fiscal responsibility.
The Board of Trustees of Mineola approved the amendment of a local law, which authorizes the village to set the property tax levy in excess of the limit established by New York State. The board and village attorney John Spellman stated that this does not mean the board will intentionally go over the cap because of the approved override.
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