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Martins Explains School District State Aid Figures

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

Says Mineola aid was not cut, but reimbursable aid decreased because district did not spend the funds

Mineola School District officials recently commented on state aid figures for Mineola, stating the district received cuts in state aid. According to one local senator, aid went down, but not because of cuts.

State education aid is broken down into two components: Foundation aid (FA) and reimbursable aid (RA). FA can be applied “anyway a district wants,” 7th district senator Jack Martins said, “while the other is used in a way the state can reimburse a district for certain expenses.”

FA ($3,703,599 last year) would be the same this year as reflected in the governors proposed budget and could possibly increase. Martins said that RA, money that districts can be paid back for, fluctuates because districts may or may not spend all funds designated as reimbursable.


NC Legislature Presiding Officer Schmitt Vows No Tax Increases

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Says plan for restructuring police precincts is extremely practical and will not impact public safety

Since the inception of the Nassau County Legislature in 1996, Peter Schmitt has had a few titles. In addition to Legislator representing the 12th Legislative District, he has been Deputy Presiding Officer, Minority Leader and, since Republicans gained back control of the Legislature in the 2009 elections, Majority Leader and Presiding Officer.

“The future of the county, Massapequa and its well-being is of the utmost importance of me,” said Schmitt during an interview with Anton Community Newspapers, adding that this is especially true because his daughter also lives in Massapequa as will his future grandchild.

As the leader of Nassau Republicans, Schmitt is often the lawmaker who most publicly spars with Democrats over policy-making decisions.


Mineola Featured In Time For Kids

Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

The Mineola School District was featured this month in the national children’s publication Time for Kids (being held up by Superintendent Michael Nagler). The district’s technology program, specifically with regard to the use of iPads and Netbooks in the middle school classrooms, has garnered tremendous attention. To view the complete article, please visit the Mineola Middle School webpage on the district’s website               



Motor Parkway Land Survey Near Completion

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00

Mineola, Town of North Hempstead meeting this week

Public Works officials revealed that Mineola is close to completing a land survey on property just north of Westbury Avenue in Carle Place. This is in an effort to move the current Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation project forward, which village officials stated in the past that the Town of North Hempstead was dragging its feet on their part.

According to a construction report, the land in question would need drainage improvements, including installation of new catch basins and pipes on three to four streets near the border of Mineola and Carle Place, provided by the Town. A recharge basin would be built on Mineola land located north of Westbury Avenue near Glen Cove Road near the old Motor Parkway.

Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini said project and village engineering consultant Dvirka & Bartilucci (D&B) sent the Town service proposals. It was confirmed the Town received the proposal in September.


Huge Win for Mineola’s Boy Scout Troop 45

Written by Frank D’Elia Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00

Mineola Takes Klonkdike Derby by Storm

For 26 years, the Shelter Rock District of the Theodore Roosevelt Council, Boy Scouts of America has run a Klondike Derby at the end of January at the Muttontown Preserve.  The Klondike Derby is loosely based on the Ididirod sled race in Alaska with the Boy Scout version having groups of 4 to 8 Scouts pushing homemade sleds through the trails of Muttontown rather than having them pulled by dog teams as in the Ididirod.

This is an event that Mineola’s Boy Scout Troop 45 takes very seriously. For the last 26 years, Patrols from Troop 45 have participated in this event and for much of the event’s history, Troop 45 has fielded the Patrols to beat.

Under Senior Patrol Leader Glenn Peters and Scoutmaster Steve Grosskopf, Troop 45 has been preparing for this year’s Klondike for several months. Weekly Troop Meetings were given over to learning Scout skills and at individual Patrol meetings the Patrols work on those skills and developing teamwork.


Mineola HS Graduate to Host NYU Radio Show

Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00

Mineola High School graduate John Watts is the new host of New York University’s radio talk show Earshot. WNYU’s live current events talk show brings its listeners opinions and analysis on politics and current events affecting New Yorkers, the nation, and the world.

“I won’t shy away from telling my viewers what I believe in,” Watts said.

John and his co-host Mel Zelikovsky provide insightful panel discussions and heated debates in the show’s thirty-minute time slot. Whether it’s the 2012 election coverage, legislative decisions, controversial issues, or current events from around the world, Earshot keeps its viewers informed.


Pancakes and the Super Bowl Equals a Tasty Sunday in Mineola

Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00

Today and for more than twenty years in Mineola, pancakes and the Super Bowl go together like, well, pancakes and syrup, or pancakes and sausages.  But pancakes have an interesting history of their own. At least one book has explored the history of pancakes, going back to the earliest records of cooking when batter was poured over a hot surface to make the most basic prepared food.

Ancient Greeks made Tagenites, in Russia and Eastern Europe it is various forms of a Blini, French of course have their Crepe, in Ethiopia it is Injera and Flapjacks fueled the Western expansion of our own American pioneers.  The first record of a “pancake” recipe reportedly comes from a Dutch cook in the 1500s.

Battercakes have been used by many cultures for celebrations, for travel food, and eventually for a hearty breakfast.


Mineola SD Superintendent Clarifies Recess Rumors

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

Speculation that because of low test scores, recess on the chopping block?

School lunch recess: a time to play, a time to socialize, a time for vibrancy. Will it all come to an end in the Mineola? Rumors were put to bed last week.

Speculation as to whether school lunch recess would be done away with because of low test scores were squashed by district Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler. Rather, a shortening of recess could be implemented, but nothing is set in stone at this time.


Mineola Memories: Parkies

Written by Jack Garland Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

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.


Mineola Moving Forward on Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00

Construction start date for Mineola component is late May

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.


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