Written by Michael Scro Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
The East Williston board of trustees has scheduled a public hearing on re-bidding its garbage collection contract for March 11 at 8 p.m. The village is under contract with Albertson-based DeJana Industries, which was the lowest bidder, after Meadow Carting, of Carle Place.
DeJana bid with the option to continue rear-yard pickup, which according to Mayor David Tanner, would save an estimated $10,000, should the village opt for that company.
Choosing Meadow Carting would result in savings in the neighborhood of $6,000 per year, according to village officials.
“Everyone should keep in mind, had we not bid, the cost would have gone up another $7,000,” Tanner said. “Regardless of who we end up selecting, we have a nice savings.”
Requesting that both carting companies attend the public hearing, Tanner said they would give presentations on recycling, specifically addressing what residents can do to improve the recycling conditions in the village.
“It’s been an ongoing issue, whether or not our carters are properly recycling. We want to hear from them to see if they have anything to suggest to our residents,” Tanner said.
Last May, the board approved of a new three-year contract with DeJana, which received a considerable amount of objection from residents.
On another matter, Village Attorney Jeffrey Blinkoff updated residents on the uninhabited property at 8 Sumter Street, owned by John Muzio, announcing that the property is now in contract for sale. All bids to either refurbish or demolish the property will be open on Feb. 22.
Trustee Robert Vella said the village was contacted by Muzio’s lawyers to inform them of the contract for sale, and the village board will proceed as if it’s “status quo.” Vella also said that there are contingencies in the contract, and until they are met, “there is no contract, there is no sale.”
The property has been the source of controversy with residents, largely due to infestation of raccoons and squirrels that have inhabited the property. One resident informed the board that one raccoon is so large, that it waddles when it crosses the street.
Trustee Bonnie Parente said the village has caught five raccoons from the property so far, and the board assured residents they will continue to trap them.
In light of the recent snowstorm, East Williston Fire Department Chief Patrick Theodore asked village residents to clear snow off fire hydrants. “If we have a fire and need to find a hydrant, the last thing we want to have to do is search for it through the snow,” Theodore said. “It’s happened in the past, and it costs critical delays.” Theodore also urged residents to check on the elderly in the village to ensure their safety through the weather.
Trustee Christopher Siciliano, in his Department of Public Works report, addressed an issue of parked cars in the roads during the snowstorm last week. Siciliano reminded the residents in attendance of village code which states that in four inches of snow or more, cars must be parked off the road.
“Even if its forecasted and it doesn’t come true, they have to be off the road,” Siciliano said. “It’s hard for the guys to see the cars, and we have to clear the streets for fire trucks and emergency vehicles.”
Another issue Siciliano mentioned was following the plows coming through the streets, residents were using snow blowers on their driveways, emptying the snow back onto the streets. “Please face it to your own home so we can keep the roads clear,” Siciliano said.
The board swore in Judy Buonocore as Historian for the Historic Committee, replacing Tom Morhman; as well as Lisa Feiner as Chair of the Beautification Committee, replacing Mary-Ellen Cocchi.
Alexandra Blach, a sophomore at the Wheatley High School, gave a presentation on obtaining a Girl Scouts Gold Award by utilizing the East Williston Village Hall on Saturday’s this past January to hold sewing classes for girls in fourth to sixth grade. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement a girl scout can obtain.
During those four weeks, each girl Blach taught learned how to sew, thread a machine, make a bobbin, pin and lay out a pattern.
“I feel that too many girls are constantly using technology,” Blach said. “I wanted to show them that there are other ways to have fun, feel good about themselves, and hoped sewing would make a difference in who they are.”
Presenting beanbags that Blach sewed herself to the board, she received a round of applause and praise from the board, including Parente, whose niece participated in Blach’s classes. “It was an absolutely wonderful experience,” Parente said.
Regarding Memorial Day this year, Siciliano shared an idea to have residents in the village who own antique cars to drive veterans in their parade. “We want to honor our veterans and get more people involved,” Siciliano said.
Trustee Caroline DeBenedittis is in the process of making flyers to send out in the village.
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Station Plaza Diner owner Nick Liakonis indicated he has submitted a lease proposal to Winthrop-University Hospital on Dec. 4 concerning the revamp and reconstruction of the “Welcome To Mineola” sign that sits atop his building at the
Mineola Long Island Rail Road Station. He said hospital reps asked in mid-September that he begin to draw up plans.
The location of the sign offers good exposure for the hospital if Winthrop secures the roof for rent and renovation. Winthrop is currently constructing a new $80-million, 95,000-square-foot diabetes research facility directly north of the sign, at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street, and expressed interest in the sign two months ago.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Carmela Solomon, who has two children in the Mineola School District, is sad to say that learning is not fun for her sons anymore.
“It’s gotten better but it hasn’t been an easy couple of months and I fear the standards,” she said to about 70 concerned parents and educators at a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Mineola Middle School. Her fear: second- and third-graders will have to go to summer school.
A panel of teachers and administrators—Assistant Superintendent Patricia Burns, Middle School Principal Matthew Gaven, Jackson Avenue School Principal Cindi Gonzalez, English language arts developer Jodi Helming and mathematics coordinator Nicole Bartone — faced parents concerned about the new state standards and testing in the “common core curriculum.” Superintendent Michael Nagler moderated the talk.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Students in the Karatatot Kids program at Charles Water Karate And Fitness in Williston Park get a chance to participate in “Special Time” at the end of each class. This is an opportunity for them to share something special in their lives with their teacher. It was created by Charles Water for the Karatatot class students to have a productive and fulfilling class and the children wait to the end to share their thoughts.
Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. The results are improved strength, coordination, and flexibility and the self confidence for children.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
MAA Soccer is offering an indoor soccer program during January and February for soccer players born from 2006-2009. Each registrant will enjoy six, one-hour training sessions on Saturday’s during the first two months of 2014. The program is managed by MAA’s training partner, Empire Soccer Academy, and is designed to encourage soccer skills improvement through fun and challenging drills and games.
The clinics take place at the Mineola Village Community Center gym at 155 Washington Avenue. For more information, please visit www.mineolaaa.org or email email@example.com.