Learn and Play Day Care on Herricks Road will not be granted a permit to expand from its current location, according to Supreme Court proceedings obtained by the Mineola American. Owner Arthur Smyles filed suit against the Village of Mineola after the board of trustees opposed the day care center’s application in June 2012, noting safety and parking concerns.
Smyles originally wanted to add space from the neighboring 99 cents store, which he also owns but is now vacant. Board members hammered Smyles with questions at a public hearing in 2011.
Guns, gadgets and girls. These are three spy novel mainstays that are the foundations of the genre, but not for Robert DiBella. The Mineola native chose a different approach for Memoir of a Variable, which hit Amazon on Feb. 19.
The book gives readers a glimpse into the underworld of espionage and professional killing. The tale follows “X,” an unnamed assassin for the C.I.A.’s subdivision, “Grey Sector,” who defies the odds when he turns on the organization that forced his hand to take the lives of innocent people. As the units best Variable, “X” fights for his humanity in an international chase that takes him from Hong Kong to New York.
Malcolm Brown is a three-year varsity basketball player, who averaged 20 points per game this season. He had a career high of 36 points against West Hempstead. Brown also had back-to-back games with 29 point against Valley Stream North and Island Trees.
His was selected to the Nassau County All County basketball team and will go on to play college basketball at Roanoke University in Salem, Virginia.
Progression was the theme last week when Mineola Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini gave an update on the ongoing Bruce Terrace Flood project. The plan should remediate decades of flood problems on the Mineola/Carle Place border.
Mineola’s side of the three-part, joint-municipal project includes the installation of two new drainage manholes, four new catch basins and the removal of 300 feet of existing 18-inch drainage pipe. The pipe would be replaced with a new 30-inch drainage pipe on Bruce Terrace.
With March 19 approaching, incumbent trustees Larry Werther, George Durham, retired NYPD cop and newcomer Dennis Walsh are set for a three-way battle for two open seats on the Mineola Village Board. Mayor Scott Strauss is running unopposed for village’s top spot.
After Jack Martins vacated the mayor’s seat in December 2010 when he won a state senate bid, he appointed Werther who in turn tapped Strauss to fill the open trustee spot. Four months later, Strauss ran a campaign for the mayor’s office.
Though he has to contend with Tom Suozzi to challenge Ed Mangano for the Nassau County seat, Democrat Adam Haber said he knows what will happen.
“I’m not going to get the nomination,” the Roslyn resident said in a sitdown with Anton Newspapers last week. “I’m going to run a primary. I’m going to do exactly what Suozzi did against [Thomas] DiNapoli. He didn’t get the nomination. He ran a primary and I’m going to win the primary.”
The legislative council to State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), told a Town-Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) that the legislator has submitted a bill that would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise and land use compatibility survey as outlined under federal aviation regulations as well as biennial public hearings regarding aircraft noise
Rebecca Sheehan, Avella’s council, told a Feb. 25 meeting of the Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) that the bill, introduced on Oct. 26, 2012, stems from an influx of complaints into Avella’s office.
Ex-Chief Louis Santosus, a lifelong Mineola resident, is celebrating his 50th year with the Mineola Fire Department.
Santosus attended Mineola Public Schools, graduating in 1962 and joined the FD one year later. The department will honor Santosus on March 16 at the 50th Anniversary Ceremony of Company One.
He rose through the ranks of Engine Company 1 and has served as vice president, president, second lieutenant, first lieutenant and led the company as captain.
Santosus served as Second Assistant Chief, First Assistant Chief, and Chief of the Mineola Fire Department. He was awarded Company 1 Firefighter of the Year, Town of North Hempstead Firefighter of the Year, and Firefighter of the Year of the Mineola Fire Department.
Bravery in the face of a criminal is honorable. However, the best thing to do is find a safe place and call 911, experts say in the wake of a burglary at the Birchwood Court Apartment Complex in Mineola on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
According to Nassau County Police detectives, a 69-year-old female victim returned to her residence in Birchwood at 11:15 a.m. and observed an unknown Hispanic male in her apartment going through her desk. The man grabbed her, but he broke free and fleed on foot.
“I fought him,” the victim said, who asked not to be identified.
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.”
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