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Williston Park Board Meeting Notes

Written by Michael Scro Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00
Willis Ave. Fire Update

Williston Park Village Attorney James Bradley said he spoke with the owners of five businesses on Willis Avenue that were destroyed in a fire this past July, and that there is an agreement circulating among them and their insurance carriers.


“One has signed an agreement and sent it back, another is waiting for it, and I haven’t heard back from the other three,” Bradley said.  “They’re in the process of retaining an entity that will do the demolition.”


Mineola Selected For Elite League

Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00

The Mineola School District has been selected to join the elite Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of school district superintendents that fosters collaboration between education leaders and entrepreneurs, researchers and thought partners. 


Members represent nearly 3 million students across 25 states whose experiences reflect the diversity and shared challenges of public education in America. In the last three years, only 46 school districts in the nation have been chosen to participate in this prestigious league.


Water Penalties Increased

Written by Michael Scro Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

The Village of Williston Park Board of Trustees passed a local law last week that establishes the authority for legal action on water bills that are $25,000 or greater. 


According to Village Attorney James Bradley, if a water bill remains unpaid for 90 days, he is authorized to commence legal proceedings for collection, and charge attorney fees for prosecution. Fees would be added to the unpaid bill and subject to non-payment penalties


“The person or entity responsible for paying the unpaid bill will be liable for the attorney fees,” Bradley said, while noting that the bill is an amendment of existing code.


Startup Keeps Discount Savings On LI

Written by Jennifer Fauci Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 


With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 


School Buzz

Written by Sanskriti Bimal Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”


Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.


Drug Problem At EW House?

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd.  Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”


Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.


“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said.  “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”


The Third Precinct declined to comment.


Lalezarian Eyes Second St. For Housing

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

New Hyde Park-based Lalezarian Developers is coordinating plans to build a 296-unit apartment complex, with retail space and a restaurant, near the Mineola Long Island Rail Road Station at 199 Second St., Village of Mineola officials announced. Citibank currently occupies the space.


If built, the rental building would be Lalezarian’s second Mineola development, along with the 315-unit dwelling currently rising on Old Country Road.


Mayor Scott Strauss said he has seen preliminary plans of Frank and Kevin Lalezarian, and that they are being updated.


Board Smacks ‘Bad Neighbor’ CVS

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

The Mineola Village Board denied CVS Pharmacy’s request to maintain storage containers at its 17 East Jericho Tpke. property last week. The denial followed a verbal lashing by the board of trustees at the previous meeting, when they described described CVS as “bad neighbors.” 


According to village reps, CVS could file an Article 78 to challenge the administrative action in court—in essence suing to have the ruling overturned. This is considered unlikely.  


Martins Talks Issues In NY

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.


“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Strength In Numbers For Tunnel Run

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.


The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


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