The Mineola School Board of Education voted to opt for bond option two at its regular business meeting last week after the finance committee of the school district presented its findings. District Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler recommended to the board that it pursue bond option two during its July 22 meeting. The bond will be out for vote on Oct. 26.
However, if a successful bond referendum is not passed, the district will reconfigure the school district under reconfiguration option one. Option one consists of the closing of the Hampton Street School and Cross Street School with a pre-K-2 south model at the Willis Avenue School and a mirrored model at the Meadow Drive School but with a north jurisdiction.
Grades three and four would be at the Jackson Avenue School, with grades five through seven being at the middle school. Mineola High School would have an eighth through twelfth grade model under option one.
Mineola residents were packed to the gills at a public hearing last week that addressed the special use permit application of Wei Ji Lin to establish a Chinese take-out restaurant on Old Country Road. The restaurant would sit in a row of stores located between Juniper Avenue and Geranium Avenue on Old Country Road. It seems like the perfect spot to complement the fairly new Kemistry Restaurant and Lounge and stores of the like.
However, unlike most restaurants in the area, it would sit directly south of residential housing, particularly Geranium and Juniper Avenues. Various residents said that they’re inconvenienced already by restaurant-goers parking illegally to “get a quick bite” and the smells and odors that have been emanating from restaurants nearby.
Mineola’s Department of Public Works announced on Aug. 4 that new jungle-gyms will be installed at Wilson Park. The village will be purchasing two new sets for the park. The new structures will have a combined cost of $40,612.
Mayor Jack Martins revealed last week that sound engineering consultants from all three parties involved in the Verizon noise issues visited the site recently and conducted noise tests. Martins visited the site briefly during the tests, but had to wait outside until the tests were completed.
With each click of a button and zoom of the lens, Joel Weber feels the life rushing into his eyes. With each photo, comes a story.
Weber feels all photos have a story, even if a person or living thing doesn’t grace an 8 x11 frame. It’s more about composition, according to the artist and that the structure of the photo is what tells the tale. That’s what he was trying to convey in the Mineola Library’s Walter and Joan Hobbs Gallery last week.
It became official last week that the MTA plans to cut its funding to Long Island Bus, a move that will effectively eliminate all bus service to over 100,000 Nassau County residents who rely on it daily. A war of words between Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the MTA has now escalated to a legal battle, with the county filing suit over the controversial MTA employer payroll tax.
The John S. DaVanzo Community Pool has been experiencing power supply issues during the last few weeks when the sun was brutal and the temperatures were high. According to Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini, LIPA has been making frequent trips to the pool to remedy a solution.
Mineola School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler presented bond proposals for construction on school reconfiguration on July 22. These bonds would need to be passed by vote to be implemented if district residents vote to not reconfigure under the default option one configuration.
Mineola mayor Jack Martins revealed last week that Garden City and Verizon have finally retained consultants to address the noise issue plaguing Mineola residents on 13th Avenue. Sound tests have begun, according to Garden City officials.
School board litigation that has spanned the last two years has recently come to a close. Former Mineola School District Trustee Laraine Salvatore was sued by former district superintendent Larry Licopoli for defamation of character in 2008. The Supreme Court has dismissed that case.
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