On Monday, Dec. 7, the 68th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii that propelled the United States into World War II and left a reported 2,402 killed and 1,282 wounded, members of Mineola’s veterans organizations gathered in Mineola Village Hall to pay their respects to the victims of the attack as well as to those who lost their lives in the years to follow.
Trains. Models. Remote control cars. Welcome to the world of Willis Hobbies, where you can forget about the stresses of life and be a kid again.
The Mineola School Board will be meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at Mineola High School, 10 Armstrong Road in Garden City Park, to discuss parameters for the 2010-2011 school budget.
Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1 that he will not challenge the election between him and Republican opponent Ed Mangano, ensuring that Mangano will become the next Nassau County Executive next month.
If it is true that a picture is worth 1,000 words, then Ed Barnola spoke millions during his lifetime. Mr. Barnola, a longtime resident of Mineola, passed away in October after a lengthy battle with illness. He is survived by a loving family and many wonderful memories he shared with his wife Lillian and his friends in the village.
Rabbi Anchelle Perl, director of the Chabad of Mineola, is all set for the holiday season. For Rabbi Perl, the holiday season means the annual Chanukah telethon that raises money for charitable programs offered by the Chabad of Mineola.
After being reassigned to the Central Administration offices in the Willis Avenue School last month, Meadow Drive School Principal Pat Molloy returned to her position.
As mild fall air hung over the village, hundreds of runners and walkers made their way down the route of the annual run, perhaps for the final time. The Mineola Mustang Run Committee, which has been holding the run for years to benefit local organizations, has decided that the time has come for the annual November event to end.
The sponsors call it, the Empowerment Act for short, but local governments are calling it, the Disenfranchisement Act because the sweeping legislation passed this June, going into effect in March 2010, requires voters to vote to dissolve or consolidate local government before they know whether such actions would save money, or not.
“There’s a lot of confusion about the Act and it’s up to you to educate your residents so they’ll know that signing a petition for dissolution sets into motion a complicated, expensive process where the cart is before the horse,” said Wade Beltramo, special counsel for the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) to a roomful of mayors and village officials from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties at a NYCOM meeting held at Mineola High School on Oct. 29. Beltramo spent the evening giving a quick course in the new act, which is summarized below.
If you didn’t know about the tax on payroll to help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, you do now. The payroll tax has come due Nov. 2 with business owners and municipalities and school districts having to fork over 34 cents for every $100 of payroll. The tax affects all businesses and municipalities including school districts, nonprofit organizations that have a payroll and hospitals within the areas that are serviced by the MTA including Nassau County.
“This is a very unfair tax that will increase the burden on local employers. It is not right for Long Island businesses to be required to pay the same tax rate as a business in New York City. This tax will be a determent to the local economy and inhibit the creation of new jobs, ” said Assemblyman Tom McKevitt, who represents Mineola in the State Assembly and voted against the MTA bailout that included the payroll tax.
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