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Local Film Needs Funding

Written by Mineola American Staff Saturday, 25 January 2014 00:00

Mineola resident Nugent Cantileno is one of many local residents that will be producing The Last Taxi Driver, a short film created Debra Markowitz and John Marean of North Merrick. The production took to the web to find funding for the film, using, an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, etc.


The Last Taxi Driver is a dark horror comedy about one man’s determination to retain his career as a taxi driver and refusal to give up when most of his customers are eaten by zombies. The taxi driver will be played by Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods, Wolf of Wall

Street) and Violet will be played by Emily Jackson (Fringe, Incarnate). The film will be shot in East Meadow.


Water Meter Bill Enacted

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 24 January 2014 00:00

The Village of East Williston last week approved a local law requiring that residential water meters be read once a year by a village employee.


Village code variously suggested that meters would be read annually or biennially, depending on which section you were reading. Mayor David Tanner called it a “housekeeping law.”


According to Tanner, the law addresses other issues, such as meters being misread, a potential for water leaks and unexpectedly large water bills.


Martins Stays In Senate

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

While the news of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy not seeking re-election in the 4th District has brought other public officials into the spotlight as possible successors, you can scratch one name off the list in Jack Martins. He still feels there’s work to be done at his current post as senator of the 7th Senate District.


Martins lost out in a bid against McCarthy in 2008, but beat then-Democratic Senator Craig Johnson in 2010 in a senate race that decided the majority of the New York State Legislature after a drawn out battle in court over ballot recounts. While thankful for the support, Martins  says he wants to stay the course.


Super To Work More For Less

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:00

They made him an offer he could easily refuse. Fortunately for Mineola, he didn't. 


The Mineola School District Board of Education has persuaded Superintendent of Schools Michael Nagler to sign a new contract, agreeing to stay on until January 2019—even though they offered less money and fewer days off. The deal, which officially went into effect on Jan. 17, includes a lower overall payout and the elimination of several perks. 


McCarthy: ‘It’s Time For A Change’

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:00

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) announced on Wednesday, Jan. 8 that she would not seek re-election. The former nurse has been battling lung cancer since last year.


“It just hits you,” she said. “There’s an expression called “chemo-brain,” which makes you kind of forgetful and tired. I said jokingly ‘That’s great. I can see myself sitting next to my chairman and fall asleep by accident.”


The Mineola resident said that cancer was not the reason she decided to not seek re-election. Ending her run in Congress entered the picture after the December 2012 Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn.


Sandy Hook, two decades after the tragedy she and her family faced when Colin Ferguson killed six (including her husband, Dennis) and wounded her son Kevin on the Long Island Rail Road, cut her to the core. 


Healing Hearts At St. Francis Hospital

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00

Dressed to the nines, sporting a tuxedo, 90-year-old Al Toma of Albertson and his date, Rose Repke, 93, of East Williston looking glamorous in her ivory silk blouse and red taffeta skirt, were ready to ring in the New Year the way they have for the past 10 years — at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center in Roslyn. Volunteers at the hospital, they decided a decade ago that rather than go out for New Year’s Eve, they’d bring some happiness to those who are stuck in the hospital during the holidays instead.


Wheeling a cart with punch and cookies, hats, and streamers, they make their rounds for three hours every New Year’s Eve starting at 6 and ending at 9 p.m. According to Repke, who first came up with the idea, “Coming here New Year’s Eve is magical. The patients just love it and we love doing it.” Toma added, “The patients are so surprised when we walk in their rooms and ask where are we going and we tell them we are here to see you. Then they ask, where are you going afterward, Nowhere. We’re in bed by 10:30.”


FOIL’d Attempt

Written by Port Washington News Editorial Staff Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00

The Mineola Village Board last week denied parts of resident and former trustee Larry Werther’s appeal of his Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. He filed a request asking for all documents pertaining to the recent Bolla Market public hearings, including board correspondence with Village Attorney John Spellman, communications between Spellman and Bolla’s attorney John Altman and intra-board communications—all of which are not FOILable, according to the board.


However, documents in Werther’s request that contained talks with Spellman, Altman and Getty are available but have not been picked up, which leaves Werther, or taxpayers, on the hook for $64.50. There are more than 258 documents, according to village



Bandshell Proposed For Memorial Park

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

The Village of Mineola is soliciting public bids for construction related to a bandshell at Memorial Park. The plan is part of a park improvement project which includes reconstructing a gazebo that was damaged and taken down after Hurricane Irene in 2011.


The bandshell would be built on the south end of the park near the Mineola Memorial Library and 22 feet high at its peak. Lighting will be installed for security, according to officials. The village expects the cost to run about $100,000. 


Numerous events are scheduled for the summer months. In recent years, Mineola has been renting a show-mobile from the Town of North Hempstead.  Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini said since the gazebo was taken down, officials have been huddling to find ways to improve the park.


Colorful Biz Seeks To Grow

Written by Domenica Farishian Friday, 10 January 2014 00:00

Joe and Debbie Lindner, co-founders and owners of Colorfully Yours, are used to hearing about people voting for County Executive Ed Mangano. But this time the vote is for them.


It’s all part of a campaign to help get their business $250,000 in funds from Chase Bank’s “Mission Main Street Grant.” 


“We had a company Facebook page for people to vote. We couldn’t believe one of the votes came from the County Executive himself,” Joe says.


Mangano Thanks ‘Team Nassau’

Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00



Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 2 at Bethpage High School. When a paper Bible couldn’t be located, he took the oath of office with his hand on an iPad that had the Bible on-screen. Here is his speech, 

abridged due to space limitations. 


Good Morning!


Allow me to start off by saying thank you, Governor Cuomo, for taking time to join me on this special day. I am deeply honored by your presence. Colleagues in government, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, family and friends: Thank you for celebrating with me today. 


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