Mineola will have an uncontested election next month for the village board of trustees as only two candidates returned petitions to run for election.
Both Paul Pereira and Paul Cusato will run for the seats they currently occupy and will serve another two-year term on the village board, which also consists of Deputy Mayor Larry Werther, Trustee Tom Kennedy and Mayor Jack M. Martins.
The Mineola Board of Education discussed the possibility of closing two of its four elementary schools at last week’s board of education meeting. A decision on school closings is expected at the February 25 meeting of the board of education. In addition, the board decided to form a committee to explore possible grade configurations for the district.
John and Ida Ferreira are longtime members of the Mineola community. They own the well-known “For Birds Only” store on Jericho Turnpike and have lived in their home on 13th Avenue in the village for the past 32 years.
They may be running under different party lines, but both Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira have a mutual respect for each other and are both seeking re-election to serve another two-year term on the Mineola Village Board of Trustees.
The Mineola Board of Education is expected to discuss a plan that involves closing two schools at the board meeting tomorrow. The discussion thus far has fueled a passionate debate on the financial future of the Mineola School District.
Mineola Fire Department Ex-Captain and Warden Lewis F. Buttacoli answered his final alarm on January 20, 2010. A 40-year veteran of the department, Buttacoli is survived by his wife Cathie, daughter Susan, son Angelo, grandchildren Thomas, Hallie, Michael and Christopher and great-grandchild Kole as well as his numerous brothers in the Mineola Fire Department.
The problem for the Mineola School District is one of simple economics — revenues are decreasing while expenses are increasing. The Mineola School Board was presented last week with an option to continue all of the programs the district offers while putting forth budgets for the next three years administrators feel the community can afford. That option, though, involves closing two of the district’s seven schools.
The Mineola School Board is facing some difficult decisions it may need to make to put forth a budget for the 2010-2011 school year that residents of the district will support in this tough economic climate. Among the decisions is whether to close one or two of the district’s seven schools, a cost-saving measure that is expected to be discussed at tomorrow night’s board meeting.
From Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated, but there isn’t much celebration going on at the Corpus Christi School in Mineola. Monsignor Robert Coyle, pastor of the Corpus Christi Parish, recently sent home a letter to parents of students attending the school that the school will be closing at the end of this school year.
At 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Mineola Fire Department was alerted to a car fire on East 2nd Street near Hampton Street. With the car, a Hundyai Sonata, engulfed in flames, the firefighters went to work to put out the raging flames.
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