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Village of Mineola in the Process of Updating Website

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

More functionality coming to the homepage of Mineola

Residents of Mineola are in for a surprise; a “WorldWide Web-sized” surprise.

The board of trustees authorized the contract of Virtual Town Hall Holding (VTHH) LLC. with the village to revamp the current website and hosting services for Mineola at the Aug. 10 work session. Village Clerk Joseph R. Scalero detailed the parameters of the contract, along with certain functions that are being discussed about the new website.


Mineola Teacher Showcases Netbook Initiative

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

Teacher to Train with Microsoft on Project-Based Learning

Microsoft recently recognized sixth-grade Mineola School District teacher Vincent Interrante for his work in creating an educational software program. The Mineola Board of Education invited the sixth grade teacher to present his work at its recent meeting at the Willis Avenue School.

Interrante’s software was compared to a student’s notebook, only in electronic form on the computer, created using a program “One Note” which allows for collaboration among students at their desks, allowing them to work independently yet contribute to a larger project.


Superintendent Nagler Responds To Graduation Rate Report

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

New State Report Includes Five and Six-Year Completion Numbers

A recent article in Newsday prompted a response from Mineola School Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler at a recent meeting of the board of education. The article concerned New York State’s new method of reporting high school achievement, which includes the graduation rates for students who take five or six years to earn a diploma at the high school level.

“This is the first time I’ve seen the state report a six year outcome and a five year outcome,” Nagler said, noting that the Newsday report examined the portion of students in English as a second language (ESL) and special education areas. “I love chasing Newsday.”


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island in Need of a Little Help

Written by Rachelle Blidner Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Jaylen, 10, is a good kid, the type who won’t be misled by troublemaking friends, and he resolves his conflicts by talking them out, his mother said. He loves to play outdoor football and basketball and spend the day at Splish Splash or Dave and Buster’s.

“He’s very spontaneous, and he likes to try everything and anything,” Jaylen’s mother Lamar said.


School District Technology Plan Approved

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Plan Would Replace Old Desktops with Netbooks, iPads

The Mineola School District’s multiyear technology plan came to its conclusion at the end of the 2010-2011. Saying that the district was effectively now in year 6 of a 5-year cycle, Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler presented a new multiyear technology plan to the board of education at a previous meeting at the Willis Avenue School.

“The concept here is you go back to year one, stay within the same budget as year one and replace things that are now 5 years old,” Dr. Nagler said.


Elementary Foreign Language Options Discussed

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Could Be Taught Twice a Week In Early Grades

As part of contributing in a globalized society per the school district mission, foreign languages are being introduced to students at younger and younger grades in Mineola and throughout Long Island. At a previous meeting of the board of education, Mineola School Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler gave a brief update on changes being made to the foreign language program for the 2011-2012 school year.


Martins Restores Some Lost Grants

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

Nearly Half of $8.5 Million in Lost Grants Restored to 7th Senate District

Over $4.7 million in previously lost grants to the seventh senate district have been restored. The total grant amount was $8.5 million.

The Village of Mineola may be getting back close to $1 million in grants from New York State, most of which will go toward flood mitigation on the boarder of Mineola and Carle Place.


Maragos: Coliseum Development Important; Makes Recommendations for Lease Agreement

Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”

Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.


LI Ducks Owner Selected To Form Minor League Team in Nassau County

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

Bid Calls for 6,000 Seat Baseball Stadium for Hub Site

All the talk of a new arena for the New York Islanders has been the crux of the discussions of revamping Nassau County’s Hub in Uniondale. However, the other piece of the puzzle just started to come together on Monday, June 11.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced on July 11 that the county selected an RFP (request-for-proposal) from Long Island Ducks owner Frank Boulton of the independent Atlantic League to bring a Minor League Baseball team to Nassau County. This agreement with the Central Islip-based team is contingent upon a $400 million bond referendum passing before voters Aug. 1.


Winthrop Hospital Proposes $60 Million Research Facility

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

Expected to Break Ground in 2012

Major developments have been surfacing in Mineola over the past year. First, it was the long, drawn out process to get the Winston Manor residential complex off the ground. Now, a new research facility could grace the corner of Second Street and Mineola Boulevard if a special permit is granted to Winthrop University Hospital.

A team of lawyers, traffic and environmental experts, architects and hospital representatives presented an application to build a $60 million research facility to the board of trustees at the June 13 public hearing. The proposed four-story, .893 acre facility would house research development into obesity and diabetes as well as cardiovascular pulmonary related issues, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) disease among others.


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