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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.


North Hempstead Town Selects Its Hometown Hero

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

“Mr. Mineola” Honored At Village Pool

If you frequent Mineola, you have probably seen him at village hall, the Hampton Street Stadium, the community pool, the Station Plaza Diner and the list goes on. He has met U.S. presidents and has been a fixture on public life for years. His footprint in Mineola has been cemented for decades, and will continue to be so for many years to come.

Mr. Mineola is his name and the village is his playground.


Mineola School Board Reorganizes For 2011-2012 School Year

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

Napolitano Named Board President, Hornberger Vice President

Christine Napolitano was nominated as the Mineola board of education president for the 2011-12 school year during last Friday’s reorganization meeting at the Willis Avenue School.

Napolitano, who was previously the board vice president, looks forward to bringing the Mineola School District into an exciting new chapter in its history.


Governor Signs Property Tax Cap Legislation in Nassau County

Written by Rich Forestano and Melissa Argueta Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

Cuomo Says Historic Bill Will ‘Make a Difference’ for New Yorkers

It was met with ire by school districts and local villages and commended by residents and businesses. But on June 30, with positives and negatives aside, the bill became law.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Lynbrook last week to sign the 2 percent property tax cap into law. The tax cap was a major platform Governor Cuomo touted during his campaign to deliver property tax relief to homeowners and business owners across the state.


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