If you frequent Mineola, you have probably seen him at Village Hall, the Hampton Street Stadium, the community pool, the Station Plaza Diner and the list goes on. He has met U.S. presidents and has been a fixture in public life for years. His footprint in Mineola has been cemented for decades, and will continue to be so for many years to come.
Mr. Mineola is his name and the village is his playground.
John S. DaVanzo, a lifelong Mineola resident, celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday, Dec. 9. He was honored at Village Hall last Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a cake and celebration following the board of trustees public meeting.
In March of 1921 Warren G Harding was inaugurated as President of the United States, later that same year, KDKA Radio in Pittsburg broadcast the first baseball game and in June of 1921 the first charter for Mineola’s Boy Scout Troop 45 was issued. On that first charter the Troop was sponsored by the Civic League of Mineola, Joseph Nohowec was the first Scoutmaster and Mr. F.L. Jenkins was the Troop Committee Chairman.
That first registration listed 18 boys as Scouts and was the beginning of 90 years of continuous service to the boys of Mineola. On Saturday, Nov. 26, over 260 people gathered at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place to mark the anniversary and to celebrate 90 years of turning little boys into young men.
This year’s holiday tree lighting ceremony was held on Friday Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Village of Mineola Community Center at Village Hall located at 155 Washington Avenue.
The Mineola School District Board of Education awarded all four construction bids on the Hampton Street School project at its workshop meeting on Dec. 1.
Three of the four were open on Nov. 16. The district had previously rejected one of the general contracting bids. The contracting bid opened on Nov. 29.
One of the mainstays in Mineola sits on Jericho Turnpike between Mineola Boulevard and Willis Avenue: Churrasqueira Bairrada Rodizio. Its cuisine is fine, its atmosphere charming and is packed daily by 4 p.m. So when Carvalho Imports opened up on East 2nd Street in Mineola, not only do residents have the ability to sample the cuisine, they can try to put it together themselves.
The village board of Mineola discussed Carvalho Imports’ request for a special use permit to sell food, owned and operated by Manny Carvalho, who also owns Bairrada, at its most recent public hearing.
Parking in and around Mineola has been the topic for much debate, especially around the holiday season. However, residents living near Chaminade High School will be getting some relief from sports fans parking along local streets.
Following a recent meeting between Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler and Chaminade President Brother Tom Cleary, those attending Chaminade events will be able to use the parking lots at the Jackson Avenue and Mineola Middle School for weekend events.
The taste of Mineola is rampant along Jericho Turnpike from Herricks to Roslyn Road. It’s style can been seen from Fox’s near Station Plaza to Tsontos Furs on 2nd Street. Both joined forces on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Jericho Terrace to showcase what Mineola’s business district has to offer.
The Mineola Chamber of Commerce presented Taste and Style in Mineola with a slew of local restaurants, ranging from Vinoco, Churrasquiera Bairrada, Willy Parkers, to Chef’s Corner, Jonathan’s to Uncle Bacalas, Heart of Portual, Frantoni’s, Piccolo’s, Piccola Bussola, Pasta Vino, Eleanor Rigby’s, Jericho Terrace, among others.
The Hampton Street School project received State approval on Nov. 16. However, it’s going to have to wait a bit longer. Superintendent Michael Nagler revealed at the Nov. 17 business meeting that the district rejected one of four bids on the construction project.
According to Nagler, the project was priced out by law in four parts. In projects like this, districts price out electrical, the plumbing, HVAC (heating, venting, air-conditioning) and general contracting work.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Adolph Block Post #1305 and American Legion Memorial Post #349 held a Veteran’s Day memorial service in Memorial Park in Mineola last week. Cmdr. Manny Grilo, John DaVanzo, Sal Cataldo, as well as the Board of Trustees of Mineola, and representatives of the State Assembly Town of North Hempstead were on hand to honor the day.
A new school year and the closure of the Cross Street School created a new set of issues for Mineola School District Director of Transportation (DOT) Bill Gillberg, who was commended for his work before the beginning of the school year for what Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler described as “really an overwhelming task to reroute the entire district.”
The job entailed reconstructing each bus route due to the movement of approximately 800 students around the district to different buildings.
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