I see from a recent edition of the Mineola American that a decision on veterans tax exemptions has been tabled by the Mineola School Board. This is a very petty way to treat the veterans that put their lives on hold to serve their country in its time of need (just like the first responders) so why deny the veterans a small exemption from the crippling school taxes which in some cases doubled after reassessment.
How typical of those who never served to dismiss veterans as a bunch of old has beens. If not for the veterans most of them would not be in such a nice lifestyle today. Those who never had to serve will
never realize the sacrifice the veterans made so that everyone can have their freedoms in all things in this day and age.
The events in Iraq the past few weeks took me back to a different time and place.
During the Vietnam War various USAF air bases in Vietnam and Thailand enlisted the aid of Cambodian civilians who were sympathetic to the United State’s cause to assist the American military with various tasks required for our war effort.
I am a East Williston resident and ninth grader at Kellenberg Memorial High School. I am in the process of working on my Girl Scout Gold Award Project.
For my project, I am creating a dance program at St. Aidan’s for children with special needs. For the first program, I am opening up classes to girls age 7-12 with special needs.
Mineola was just one of the few schools in the area that offered Latin to our students. I know it would be sadly missed by the students, especially by the Latin Club, which is one of the largest clubs in Mineola High School. I strongly oppose this and am asking anyone, especially Mineola parents to make sure that this does not happen.
Latin terminology is vital to learning the advanced academic fields, such as medicine, law, theology and history. It strengthens ones ability to learn French, Spanish and Italian. Oh, and by the way, Latin helps a student maximize their SAT scores.
Growing up on Long Island in the 70s with health-conscious parents, we did not did not eat much in the way of processed, prepackaged foods, especially baked goods. One of few exceptions was Entenmann’s coffee cakes, which were made locally. Mom and Dad went for the pecan roll, though we kids were always hot for the crumb-topped coffee cake. (The chocolate-covered donuts, sadly, were never in play).
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace, a graduate of Adelphi University, have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
The local Republican club had a dinner honoring the late John DaVanzo, State Senator Jack Martins and businessman Tony Lubrano. At the affair, we saw Robert Rosenthal, Walter Hobbs, Carmine Festa, Joyce Gorycki, Dolores Mangold, Linda Doerrbecker, Gabe Parajos, Terrence and Dorothy Timlin, Joe Scalero, Dennis Walsh, Tony, Nancy, Steven, Alyssa, and Raffaelo Lubrano, Paula Martins, Yuri Karasz, John Carway, Legislator Rich Nicolello, Kaitlin, Vanessa, Emma and Caroline Martins, Paul Ehrlich, Bill Greene, Richard Maher, Russ Sutherland, Michael Vezzi, Edward Hajduk, Judy and Mary Davanzo, Jack and Karen Gayson, Leslie Gross, Janet Wohlars, Regis Gallet, Scott Diamond, Antonio and Gloria Martins, Vanessa Martins-Perri and Vincent Conti.
Standardized exams didn’t become the high-intensity debate that it is now until New York State exam achievement was tied to teacher evaluation through the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) law.
Unfortunately, no discussion currently underway addresses the genesis of the problem.
The purpose of teacher evaluations is to improve teacher performance. However, a review of APPR reveals that the system was not designed to achieve that purpose. Consider the following:
I can imagine in Nassau County, where everything seems to go wrong, that school zone cameras will become a reality. The ball is in the hands of the people who can plan their routes so they don’t pass by schools or if it says 20 mph, creep through at 10 mph just to be safe. Chances are good that next light will be red anyway. What’s the rush? It’s up to us to ensure that not one summons ever gets issued.
It’s funny that they can finish the construction of the beautiful multi-million dollar Winthrop Research Center in less time than it takes us to do anything about the ugly Going Sign in front of it. Too bad. That sign just keeps going and going but never seems to be gone.
— Peter Gollobin
Mineola business owner
Memorial Day has passed, marking the official start of the summer season, a season that is above all about warm sunshine.
The sun is an astonishing presence in our lives. It is a primary, primal, life-giving force on this planet. Humans, like many species, are drawn to bask in its warmth. We miss it in winter, falling prey to sadness—officially called seasonal affective disorder—in the months when Apollo’s
chariot arcs low in the sky.
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