The Mineola School District Board of Education awarded all four construction bids on the Hampton Street School project at its workshop meeting on Dec. 1.
Three of the four were open on Nov. 16. The district had previously rejected one of the general contracting bids. The contracting bid opened on Nov. 29.
One of the mainstays in Mineola sits on Jericho Turnpike between Mineola Boulevard and Willis Avenue: Churrasqueira Bairrada Rodizio. Its cuisine is fine, its atmosphere charming and is packed daily by 4 p.m. So when Carvalho Imports opened up on East 2nd Street in Mineola, not only do residents have the ability to sample the cuisine, they can try to put it together themselves.
The village board of Mineola discussed Carvalho Imports’ request for a special use permit to sell food, owned and operated by Manny Carvalho, who also owns Bairrada, at its most recent public hearing.
Parking in and around Mineola has been the topic for much debate, especially around the holiday season. However, residents living near Chaminade High School will be getting some relief from sports fans parking along local streets.
Following a recent meeting between Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler and Chaminade President Brother Tom Cleary, those attending Chaminade events will be able to use the parking lots at the Jackson Avenue and Mineola Middle School for weekend events.
The taste of Mineola is rampant along Jericho Turnpike from Herricks to Roslyn Road. It’s style can been seen from Fox’s near Station Plaza to Tsontos Furs on 2nd Street. Both joined forces on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Jericho Terrace to showcase what Mineola’s business district has to offer.
The Mineola Chamber of Commerce presented Taste and Style in Mineola with a slew of local restaurants, ranging from Vinoco, Churrasquiera Bairrada, Willy Parkers, to Chef’s Corner, Jonathan’s to Uncle Bacalas, Heart of Portual, Frantoni’s, Piccolo’s, Piccola Bussola, Pasta Vino, Eleanor Rigby’s, Jericho Terrace, among others.
The Hampton Street School project received State approval on Nov. 16. However, it’s going to have to wait a bit longer. Superintendent Michael Nagler revealed at the Nov. 17 business meeting that the district rejected one of four bids on the construction project.
According to Nagler, the project was priced out by law in four parts. In projects like this, districts price out electrical, the plumbing, HVAC (heating, venting, air-conditioning) and general contracting work.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Adolph Block Post #1305 and American Legion Memorial Post #349 held a Veteran’s Day memorial service in Memorial Park in Mineola last week. Cmdr. Manny Grilo, John DaVanzo, Sal Cataldo, as well as the Board of Trustees of Mineola, and representatives of the State Assembly Town of North Hempstead were on hand to honor the day.
A new school year and the closure of the Cross Street School created a new set of issues for Mineola School District Director of Transportation (DOT) Bill Gillberg, who was commended for his work before the beginning of the school year for what Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler described as “really an overwhelming task to reroute the entire district.”
The job entailed reconstructing each bus route due to the movement of approximately 800 students around the district to different buildings.
7-Eleven’s are on every major road. If you frequent Mineola, you may have bought soda or a Slurpee at the Mineola Boulevard location, which may be getting a twin neighbor about one mile away.
Since 2005, the parcel of land at 400 East Jericho Turnpike has remained empty. Originally occupied by an Amoco gas station, the location has been tapped by the convenience store giant, which is proposing a 2,500 sq. ft. store.
Not too long ago, high school students had a choice between a local diploma and a Regents diploma. The local degree was done away with, making way for the choice of a Regents or an Advanced Regents diploma. If a new assessment is instituted, New York being one of the test states, the Regents Exam could be done away with altogether.
Mineola School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler profiled PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) during the workshop meeting on Nov. 3. PARCC is a consortium of states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in “what it takes to be ready for college and careers.”
The Town of Hempstead honored local volunteer firefighters at a special ceremony held on Oct. 20. Twenty-four individuals were honored with Town of Hempstead Firematic Awards for their courage and dedication to protecting local communities.
“We are proud to honor this group of firefighters and emergency medical technicians for outstanding service to their departments and to the communities they serve,” Town Supervisor Murray said. “These first responders make significant sacrifices, and volunteer their personal time to protect the safety of their neighbors.”
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