Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.
“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”
After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.
In recognition of the superior care her daughter Marjorie Levine of Albertson, received, the late Elsie Levine, formerly of Great Neck, has bequeathed $100,000 to Life’s WORC. The recently deceased
Levine was an ardent advocate for those suffering from developmental disabilities. According to her daughter Cathy Levine, Elsie Levine turned her grief and pain into action and this gift demonstrates the gratitude and peace of mind Life’s WORC provided for her entire family.
“My mother had overwhelmingly positive feelings about the care my sister received through Life’s WORC,” added Cathy Levine. “Life’s WORC represented the dawn of giving those with special needs a life and an opportunity to reach their potential.”
A potential Long Island Rail Road strike due to a contract disagreement between its union and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could leave many commuters stranded at the Mineola Train Station next week.
“I think it’s unfair to a lot of people,” said Bryan Jean-Pierre of Westbury as he waited for his train in Mineola.
Jean-Pierre, a restaurant manager in New York City, said the strike would be a strain for him. He plans to carpool if the strike occurs.
CVS Pharmacy is looking to maintain a large storage container at its 17 East Jericho Tpke. property in Mineola. However, they’ve already been housing containers at two village locations illegally, according to village officials.
At a public hearing last week in front of the Mineola Village Board of Trustees, CVS reps were called “horrible neighbors” before the board postponed its decision on the store’s request.
Village officials said CVS had been issued violations for the containers as well as property upkeep and snow removal.
Three years ago, Bryan Dilberian’s life irreversibly changed, some would say for the second time. The first had occurred during his junior year at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn in Junior ROTC, when he decided to join the army because of the 9/11 attacks.
“Every New Yorker should have said ‘hey, let’s join the infantry and let’s go back at them,’” he said on Friday, July 11 at Memorial Park during a Village of Mineola fireworks show and concert by the
Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra. “New York always gives that reputation how we’re bad-ass.”
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Congressman Steve Israel have teamed up to present a Veterans Casework Seminar on Monday, July 14 at 9 a.m. at the Williston American Legion Post 144 in Williston Park.
The Village of Mineola authorized more than $96,000 in payments signaling progress beyond the planning stage for the bandshell in Memorial Park. It is the first of many proposed improvements to be
completed over the summer. The board of trustees selected Jackson Avenue-based Valente Contracting to handle the majority of the park’s revamp in May.
Valente’s $1.55 million bid was the lowest of four sent to the village. Village officials expect work to begin “relatively soon”.
The Mineola School Board held its reorganization meeting on Tuesday, July 1, kick starting the 2014-15 school year. Newcomer Margaret Ballantyne-Mannion was sworn in to the board for her first run in the district. School board President Artie Barnett and Vice President Christine Napolitano were again appointed to their positions on the board for another year.
“I’m very anxious to get started,” Ballantyne-Mannion said. “I’m looking forward to an exciting year.”
Mineola resident Daniel Martins feels his arrest by Nassau County police last month was unlawful. He claims he had been targeted because of his political views.
During a one-man protest, Martins, 21, placed and stood next to an American flag and a “Impeach Obama” sign on a foot bridge over the Long Island Expressway, according to a YouTube video Martins made of his encounter with authorities. He displayed banners for two hours between exits 40 and 41 every Friday since September 2013, he said.
The Williston Park Fire Department announced it will hold its annual Independence Day Parade on Friday July 4, with the parade stepping off at 9:30 a.m.
The parade will begin at Lehigh and Broad Streets in the village and proceed through the neighborhood. The parade route concludes in front of Fire Headquarters and is followed by a short program in which village officials and other invited dignitaries speak on the history and greatness of our nation and the importance of remembering the steps taken by our founding fathers to give birth to a way of life we now enjoy today as Americans.
Community groups are invited to participate in the parade and are encouraged to bring banners, floats, bands, and other festive materials to carry with them in the parade.
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