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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.


Community Remembers 9/11

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.


Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.


Mineola Street Fair Draws Solid Crowd

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.


“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”


Changing The Way You See Fruit

Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00

Painter’s still lifes in Chef’s Corner meld normal objects into art 

A bunch of fruit in a bowl may not be that exciting to look at, that is unless you’re looking at them from Nancy Colleary’s point of view. Through her still life paintings, the she explores shadows, colors and light to make the most ordinary objects appear beautiful. 


From her in-home studio, she continues to hold classes and work on her own projects, which includes paintings that are on display at Walk Street in Garden City and Chef’s Corner in Mineola.


Weitzman Joins Town Government

Written by Wendy Kreitzman Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

Former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman is set for a new job, as a financial consultant to the Town of North Hempstead. Weitzman, who served as Nassau County comptroller for two terms from 2001 to 2008, told the Anton Newspapers that he will concentrate on preparing the town’s 2015 budget.


Weitzman’s contract will then be retroactive to Aug. 26 after its town boad approval. The draft of the budget is due by Sept. 28.


New Welcome Sign Up And Running

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Winthrop-University Hospital unveiled its new, updated “Welcome To Mineola” sign above the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station last week, culminating in the restoration of a Mineola mainstay wrought with structural issues for some time. The sign had been up since August, but its clock was not functioning until recently, officials said.


“We thought it was important to preserve a piece of history in Mineola and also solidify the bond between [the hospital] and the Village of Mineola,” Winthrop President and CEO John Collins said.


The hospital expressed interested in the sign last September. It sits just north of Winthrop’s nearly finished $80-million, 95,000-square foot research facility, at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street.


Gatehouse Talk Resurfaces

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

The gatehouses that sit along the north side of Old Country Road from Berkley Road to Weybridge Road were once considered an aesthetically-pleasing feature of the east end of Mineola. But after an ambulance crashed into one recently and wear and tear due to time and weather, the structures became an issue, one that dates back two Mineola Village Board administrations.


“A couple of them are hazards, certainly the one that was hit,” Mayor Scott Strauss said.


In 2010, Mineola, under then-Mayor Jack Martins, was seeking volunteers to renovate the gatehouses. 


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