Residents of the Village of Mineola will be voting on a change in the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) for members of the Mineola Fire Department that will allow firefighters past the age of 60 to accumulate credit toward a monetary award in recognition of their service to the community.
The current LOSAP program that is in place with the Village of Mineola allows firefighters to earn $20 per month for each year of credited service up to a maximum of 40 years. The maximum benefit available to a firefighter with 40 years of service at age 60 is $800 per month.
Residents of the Village of Mineola are reminded that a referendum will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10 on whether to change the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) for members of the Mineola Fire Department.
The referendum asks, “Shall the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) for the Mineola Volunteer Fire Department be amended so as to permit a firefighter to earn service credits subsequent to reaching entitlement age under the plan and/or subsequent to an election of benefits under the plan?”
Students in the Mineola School District will be beginning their first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 8. For students, it represents a new year. The same principle can apply to the Mineola Board of Education. For the board, it is an opportunity to focus all its energy on the education of the students instead of the divisiveness that seemed to plague the board last year.
At a time when a grade configuration study was being conducted to see if it was feasible for the board of education to close one or two of the schools in the district, the board was provided with a major distraction when, in February 2008, the former administration assistant for the superintendent of schools Ulana Illiano filed a lawsuit against the superintendent of schools Dr. Larry Licopoli and deputy superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler, alleging the two administrators made offensive remarks and created a hostile work atmosphere.
Don’t forget, the Sixth Annual Centennial Celebration of the Vanderbilt Cup Races, a festival of over 100 years of speed and glamour, will take place this Sunday, Aug. 30 on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art.
The highlight of this year’s event is the celebration of the centennial of the Vanderbilt Cup victory of American driver Harry Grant in the ALCO Racer. The legendary “Black Beast” racer would win the cup again in 1910 and then compete in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 race, which was held in 1911.
Mineola High School Grad Reaches Top of His Profession
Michael Clark, son of Margaret and the late Thomas, served as Master of Ceremonies of the “Pink Frolic,” the annual event of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (CLO).
Earlier this year, as county officials grappled with how to close a projected deficit in the county budget, one of the measures that were being considered was not granting the villages a stipend that represents a small percentage of sales tax revenue that is generated in the villages.
The quest to get a traffic light near Mineola High School to improve safety conditions for the students who walk to and from the school is near its end as the county appears ready to install a light in time for the upcoming school year.
The Mineola community was shocked to hear of the passing of Nancy Portoghese Bauer, who died suddenly on August 9 at the age of 47. Nancy ran her own business, Future Realty Management, and also found the time to be involved in many groups and activities in Mineola.
Among the organizations she was involved in was the Mineola Chamber of Commerce, where she served as a member of the chamber’s board of directors. Each May, during the Mineola Fair, as the volunteer chairperson, Nancy could be seen in Memorial Park, doing her best to make sure the fair ran smoothly. She also served as the chair of the scholarship committee as the chamber awarded scholarships each year to a Mineola High School and Chaminade High School graduate.
Beginning Sept. 1, the costs associated with driving motor vehicles in New York State will be increasing as part of the 2009-2010 New York State Budget. The fee increases were imposed to supposedly help close an enormous deficit in the state’s budget.
Among the increases are those for driver’s license renewals and registration fees. License renewals will increase by 25 percent, up from $50 to $62.50. License renewals are good for eight years. In addition, passenger vehicle registration is up from $44 to $55.
In the movie Field of Dreams, based on the book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella, a voice whispered to farmer Ray Kinsella, “If you build it, he will come.” “It” referred to a baseball field. In Nassau County, the “it” people are talking about these days is the Lighthouse Project, a proposed $3.7 billion project that will renovate the section of Nassau County where the Nassau Coliseum is located. If it is built, people will not have to come; they are already there.
The Lighthouse Project has mounted vast support from elected officials and members of the public who see the project as a form of economic stimulus for Nassau County.
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