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Letter: Response To Long Island Wins From 7/18

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

One big flaw with the Senate Gang of Eight’s bill is that this bill won’t stop future illegal immigration.  I am looking to my House representative to tackle this problem. Having a real debate is not making the bill “meaner” or “more punitive” but makes sure solutions are reached and not blanket amnesty is the result.   Unfortunately, the border securities promised in the bill are “plans” for border security, not concrete promises. 


It is true history is repeating itself. We have been here before where border security “promises” did not mean much, as we learned in 1986. In addition, half of all illegal immigrants in the U.S. are visa overstays. Rampant abuse of visas will continue as long there is lax enforcement. 


Letter: I Second The Praise For Father Hagan

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

I read with very fond memories the July 17 story by Jack Garland about Father Vincent Hagan of Corpus Christi in the Mineola American. Like Mr. Garland, I was an altar boy server back in the ’60s. Father Hagan was our director and, like Frank Perdue, was a tough yet tender man. He taught us not only how to be good altar servers but good citizens as well.


I now live 10 minutes away from Bear Mountain and think of Father Hagan and our great summer trips every time I pass by the park.


From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Weeding Our Political Garden     

Admittedly, I do not have a green thumb.  If our home is verdant it’s entirely by my wife’s efforts but I do recall once reading some gardening advice that seemed useful: you can’t get rid of weeds by simply pulling them out.  You must plant something in their place to prevent their return.         


I think of that advice when I hear people complain about some politicians.  I believe “disgusted” is their term of choice, and certainly the media has uncovered plenty of unsavory behavior for us to be disgusted about.  Still, I’m bothered by that cynicism because I know firsthand that most elected officials are honest and good people who take their public service as a point of pride.  Nonetheless, I certainly understand where that cynicism stems from, especially when you read the sordid affairs smeared on the pages of New York’s newspapers these days.


Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.


Letter: A Thank You To The Mineola Library

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Mineola Library Board and Friends of the Library for the fine programs they provide to the residents of Mineola. In particular, providing the many free passes to museums on Long Island and New York City. I have utilized these passes on various occasions, providing my family and myself with great enjoyment.


I would like to commend the Mineola Library Board and the Friends of the Library for the important contribution they make to our community and I wish them continued success.


Anthony J. Nocito


Mineola resident


Portuguese Ambassador Visits Mineola

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

The Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola was once again turned into an authentic Portuguese “Aldeia” or village, complete with traditional food, music and youthful folklore dancing. Over a dozen local Portuguese organizations took part in the recent annual event hosted by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Comptroller George Maragos, complete with uniformed Navy veterans, Mineola Fire Fighters, students from Escola Julio Dinis singing the Portuguese national anthem and Rebecca Bastos of Mineola High School signing the Star Spangled Banner. The night’s feature was the keynote speech by Ambassador of Portugal to the United States, Dr. Nuno Brito, who visited the Mineola Portuguese Center and Village Hall earlier in the day.


Mineola Memories

Written by Jack Garland Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

An opinion piece of Father Hagan

Years ago, Readers Digest featured an article entitled “The Most Unforgettable Character I’ve Ever Met.”  Such a description would certainly be fitting for one of Mineola’s most legendary citizens.  Father Vincent Hagan arrived at Corpus Christi Church in 1945 and served in the parish for a good part of his life. During that time, he became one of the most admired figures in town. He had such a high-profile presence in the village that he was recognized and greeted by all residents and merchants, regardless of their religion.


As kids, we loved his friendly personality as well as his mischievous sense of humor, but he inspired just enough fear in us to keep us in line.  If any of us tried to put one over on him, he would unleash his verbal wrath and we would definitely hear about it – as would any one else within a two-block radius.


From The Desk Of Superintendent Dr. Elaine Kanas

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00
New Website

On July 1, the district will be moving to its new website. It will still have the same web address,, but a new look. Thank you to all who provided feedback on how we could enhance our website features and communication as we worked on developing a new website.  We tried to incorporate as much of that feedback as possible.   While most material will be migrating to our new website, it will be “under construction” with changes being made during the summer and through the beginning of the school year.  Please be patient as we are being trained and learning the new features at the same time it is being developed.  We hope you like the new look and we believe it will be easier to navigate and also to access on iPads and iPhones.


Around The Town With Lou: July 12, 2013

Written by Lou Sanders, Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Edward Snowden, who Rep. Peter King says should be charged with treason and I agree, says that if he was captured he would have a kangaroo trial. What does that mean? It seems to be an expression found only in the U.S. It means that you will be found guilty automatically. Like a kangaroo, they will leap over any evidence that the court doesn’t like.


Distance 1

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00
You were there
across the distance,
with me on the other side,
and I was aching
to see you.

Children, we were,
casually stepping out
of ourselves endless times:
where you and I
were happy
in this light.

Our other lives came,
which seemed more,
like a carousel’s ring;
and I came
stepping into my own,
into the present,
longing for them.

—Stephen Cipot

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