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Schumer Calls For Investigation Of Uncovered Freight Trains

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 30 May 2012 00:00

Mineola American article prompts senator to take action against trains carrying loose debris

Mineola residents near the Birchwood Court Complex on Roslyn Road are tired of watching train cars carrying debris, fly by the neighborhood, uncovered. Cars have been damaged, but, luckily, no one has been injured. A U.S. senator heard, or actually read, their cries for help.

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer is calling on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to launch a safety investigation into uncovered freight train cars transporting loose debris on Long Island Rail Road tracks after being prompted to take action after reading the Mineola American May 9 cover story. The senator revealed in a press conference on May 21 that he then sent a letter to the FRA calling for a mandate that trains carrying rubble through densely populated communities be properly covered.

 

Village Board Unhappy With MP Rental Possibilities

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 30 May 2012 00:00

Next public hearing scheduled for June 20

The former Keyspan building at 250 Old Country Road has been in the hands of developers to create a residential building, dating back to 2009. Originally, Mineola Properties LLC (MP) wanted to build condominiums on the site. Recently, they had a change of heart.

MP came before the Mineola Village Board on Wednesday, May 23, to change its current configuration of its proposed 345-unit complex from condominiums to rentals. MP legal council Kevin Walsh cited the market dip in condos as a reason for the change.

 

Portuguese Festival Set For June 9

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Churrasqueira Bairrada to hold heritage event for Portugal Day

Manuel Carvalho came to the United States from Portugal in 1984 with a dream; a dream of opening a restaurant. What started out as an establishment on Willis Avenue in 1993, moved into the bustling dining spot on Jericho Turnpike, Churrasqueira Bairrada in 1996 that is open today. It’s been a staple in the village and Carvalho wants to celebrate another staple for the Portuguese community: Portugal Day.

Portuguese citizens and emigrants throughout the world celebrate this holiday. The June 10 date commemorates the death of national literary icon Luís Vaz de Camões in 1580.

 

Mineola School District Gains A New Trustee

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Budget passes by wide margin, McGrath unseated after more than a decade on the board of education

After trudging through the inaugural school year of getting under the 2 percent tax cap, Mineola can rest easy that program is preserved and a three-way race for two board of education seats came to a close Tuesday, May 15.

Following a one-hour wait after the closing of the polls, current Board President Christine Napolitano stepped into the hallway with new Trustee Artie Barnett in tow to welcome him as the newest member on the board of education. Napolitano and Barnett came out on top with 1,373 and 1,161 votes respectively.

 

Local School District Budget And Election Results

Thursday, 17 May 2012 00:00

Below are the results of the local school district budget and school board election votes:

Mineola School District

Yes: 1,249
No: 559

Christine Napolitano (Incumbent): 1,373
John McGrath (Incumbent): 635
Artie Barnett: 1,161
Eric Treibman (write-in): 6

 

Exclusive: Station Plaza Drainage Project On Schedule

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

Project expected to be completed in July

Flooding issues around Station Plaza in Mineola have hindered its function in times of heavy rainfall. Possible solutions date back years, most recently in 2010 when the Village of Mineola met with Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) officials to hammer out details.

Talks have been ongoing and a piece of the puzzle is finally falling into place.

 

Annie Opens To Enthusiastic Standing Ovation

Written by Whitney McGree Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

Annie to run for two more weeks on Herricks stage

It is really hard to dispute the fact that John Hayes is the best director of community theater on Long Island. For the past 40 years he has been a director and for the past 37 years for the Herricks Commuity Players.

This production of Annie reflects the multi-talent of Hayes, as he is able to navigate this entire cast on and off the stage to their assigned positions as if they were one. He is a true genius and that is exactly why every one of his shows is an undisputed hit.

 

Uncovered Freight Trains Under Investigation

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

Mineola residents claim debris falling off uncovered train cars

From his porch, it can be seen speeding through. He’s noticed it too many times, and he couldn’t take it anymore, so Mineola resident Dennis Walsh sprung into action.

With the help of a trusty ladder, he ascended the rungs with nothing but a cell phone to capture what Walsh thinks is outrageous.

 

A Night On The Town In Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

Charity event hosts 600 guests, raises $70,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Everyone was out for the cause on May 3 at Jericho Terrace in Mineola. In conjunction with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Long Island (LLSLI), Night on the Town showcased sample cuisines from local restaurants.

Night on the Town began about seven years ago, when St. Aidan’s in Williston Park was looking to raise money. And then Mineola resident Harry Zapiti stepped in.

 

Nassau GOP Calls Dem’s ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Illegal

Written by Rich Forestano: rforestano@antonnews.com Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

Republicans call on DA to investigate Democrat’s demand of independent redistricting for bond approval

Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli revealed at a press conference on April 26 that he asked District Attorney Kathleen Rice to investigate if all nine Democratic county legislators engaged in criminal activity. He cited the Democrats threat of refusing to vote on bond approvals if a compromise on redistricting is not reached.

The county attorney read a Dec. 15, 2011 correspondence from Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, which was also signed by the other eight minority legislators, advising County Executive Ed Mangano that, “we cannot in good conscience consider any borrowing requests for any purpose until we arrive at a satisfactory resolution of legislative redistricting.” The county is looking to borrow up to $140 million, which requires a super majority (13 of 19) vote from the legislature.

 

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