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Court Rules Against EW In Water Suit

Written by Michael Scro Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.


Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”


Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.


Movie Night In Mineola

Written by Paige Mcatee Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.


The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.


“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Dogged Questions

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.


It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.


Local Producer Wins Daytime Emmy

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00

Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.


“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”


After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.


A Mother Gives Back

Written by Vilma Sceusa Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00

$100K donation for Life’s WORC

In recognition of the superior care her daughter Marjorie Levine of Albertson, received, the late Elsie Levine, formerly of Great Neck, has bequeathed $100,000 to Life’s WORC. The recently deceased

Levine was an ardent advocate for those suffering from developmental disabilities. According to her daughter Cathy Levine, Elsie Levine turned her grief and pain into action and this gift demonstrates the gratitude and peace of mind Life’s WORC provided for her entire family.


“My mother had overwhelmingly positive feelings about the care my sister received through Life’s WORC,” added Cathy Levine. “Life’s WORC represented the dawn of giving those with special needs a life and an opportunity to reach their potential.”


Strike Worries Commuters

Written by Marlo Jappen Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

A potential Long Island Rail Road strike due to a contract disagreement between its union and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could leave many commuters stranded at the Mineola Train Station next week. 


“I think it’s unfair to a lot of people,” said Bryan Jean-Pierre of Westbury as he waited for his train in Mineola. 


Jean-Pierre, a restaurant manager in New York City, said the strike would be a strain for him. He plans to carpool if the strike occurs. 


CVS Slammed As ‘Bad Neighbor’

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

CVS Pharmacy is looking to maintain a large storage container at its 17 East Jericho Tpke. property in Mineola. However, they’ve already been housing containers at two village locations illegally, according to village officials.


At a public hearing last week in front of the Mineola Village Board of Trustees, CVS reps were called “horrible neighbors” before the board postponed its decision on the store’s request.


Village officials said CVS had been issued violations for the containers as well as property upkeep and snow removal.


Mineola Concert Honors Vet

Written by Geoffrey Walter Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

Three years ago, Bryan Dilberian’s life irreversibly changed, some would say for the second time. The first had occurred during his junior year at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn in Junior ROTC, when he decided to join the army because of the 9/11 attacks.


“Every New Yorker should have said ‘hey, let’s join the infantry and let’s go back at them,’” he said on Friday, July 11 at Memorial Park during a Village of Mineola fireworks show and concert by the

Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra. “New York always gives that reputation how we’re bad-ass.”


Seminar Helps Veterans Access Benefits

Written by Mineola American Staff Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Congressman Steve Israel have teamed up to present a Veterans Casework Seminar on Monday, July 14 at 9 a.m. at the Williston American Legion Post 144 in Williston Park.  


Bandshell Payments Launch Park Revamp

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

The Village of Mineola authorized more than $96,000 in payments signaling progress beyond the planning stage for the bandshell in Memorial Park. It is the first of many proposed improvements to be

completed over the summer. The board of trustees selected Jackson Avenue-based Valente Contracting to handle the majority of the park’s revamp in May.


 Valente’s $1.55 million bid was the lowest of four sent to the village. Village officials expect work to begin “relatively soon”.


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