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Mineola Street Fair A Huge Success

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00

Over 20 different sponsors, slews of stores pack Mineola Boulevard area

The decision to move the Mineola Fair from its traditional Memorial Park location to a new destination in the downtown area of the community proved to be a wise one, as local shops were overflowing with customers for close to seven hours on Sunday, Oct. 2.

The fair was moved this year to Mineola Boulevard in an attempt to drive business to storefronts along the entranceway into the village. “We wanted to spice up the fair,” said Willis Hobbies owner Steve Ford, who helped organize the event. “We’ve been hearing from people that it’s been the same stuff year after year, and we wanted to spruce it up a bit.”


Candidates Announce for Town of North Hempstead Supervisor

Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00

Incumbent Democrat Jon Kaiman Is Being Challenged by Republican Lee Tu

Jon Kaiman

The candidate submitted the following statement.

“Jon Kaiman brings to his office as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor a distinguished record of public and private sector accomplishments. His four terms in office have been underscored by his continuation of the town’s tradition of sound finances and good government.

“Under Kaiman’s administration, CNN Money Magazine ranked the town one of the “Best 100 Places to Live in America.” In addition, CNN rated North Hempstead as the Second Best Place to Live for a healthy retirement in the United States of America. Since taking office on Jan. 1, 2004, Kaiman has spearheaded a series of bold initiatives to promote accountability and transparency, to better the quality of life for seniors, to maintain sound finances and to protect the town’s environment.


$60 Million Winthrop Research Facility Approved

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Stipulations, conditions outlined in application approval

The section of Mineola Boulevard near the LIRR train station has been called the “gateway” to the village of Mineola and cited as one of the key areas for development in the village’s Master Plan. The plan just became a bit clearer.

The board of trustees approved the application of Winthrop University Hospital to construct a four-story, .893-acre research facility at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street on Sept. 21. Village attorney John Spellman detailed the decision and stipulations regarding approval last week.


Eight Wheatley Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named eight Wheatley seniors as Semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. The seniors earning this prestigious honor are Liting Chiang, Ariel Fieldman, Remy Haber, Timothy Lee, William Schiela, Zohaib Shaikh, David Vakili and Tom Wang.


Winston’s “Churchill” Stuck Behind Iron Curtain

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

Mineola Village Board reserves decision on senior condo to rental change in Winston project

If there’s one word that can describe what’s needed with the rigmarole that is the Winston Manor project, it’s “patience” and Polimeni International LLC will need it for just a bit longer.

The Mineola Village Board reserved its decision to allow Polimeni to change the senior housing component “The Churchill” from a five-story, 36-condominium unit to affordable senior housing rentals until October. The move, at the behest of deputy mayor Paul Pereira, was made to give local senior groups another go-around at learning more about what it would mean to have senior rentals rather than condos.


The Golden Rule Applies to Everyone, Everywhere

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

Mineola PTA to donate supplies to flooded schools in Binghamton, Owego

The Golden Rule is a principle suggested to be practiced by everyone, everywhere.

One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself, the rule says, and the Mineola District Council PTA is giving the rule new meaning.

After Hurricane Irene, the PTA with several other student and parent-based volunteer groups, organized the “Golden Rule Project.” The groups have been collecting school supplies to aid the Binghamton/Owego area of New York State, which suffered flooding of immense proportions.


Mineola Street Fair is Just a Hop, Skip and a Jump Away

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

Three stages, more rides, hula-hoops and family fun for everyone

Cotton candy, bouncy rides and face painting. Or how about music, dancing, pumpkin painting and good old-fashioned fun? The list could go on forever, but the Mineola Street Fair sports many activities, and it’s almost here.

Willis Hobbies owner and past president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce (COC) Steve Ford said his phone has been ringing off the hook to attain space to participate in the fair. Currently, the fair is set to kickoff on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a rain date of Oct. 2.


Mineola Remembers 9/11 Ten Years Later

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

Local residents, officials descend on Memorial Park to honor fallen

It’s as if it were yesterday that smoke was billowing from Lower Manhattan after terror struck the Big Apple on September 11, 2001. But here we are, 10 years later and the memories are as clear as the sunny day that was upon the world until two planes hit the World Trade Center.

A memorial service was held to honor those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 this past Saturday at Memorial Park in Mineola. Members of the village flocked to the park to honor those lost in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center ten years ago. Members of the local community, Mineola Fire Department and local departments were on hand to commemorate the event including but not limited to Master of Ceremonies and Village Board Trustee Paul Pereira, Mayor Scott Strauss, Trustees Larry Werther and Paul Cusato and George Durham and Pastor Chester Easton.


Top 11 Stories of Summer 2011 in Mineola

Written by Compiled by Rich Forestano Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

The eventful 2011 summer saw a slew of activity, but what made the list?

With school starting this week, the Mineola American decided to culminate the summer of 2011 with a look back the top 11 stories of June, July and August. The community was privy to new neighbors in the school district and an Anton Newspaper exclusive, but nothing could trump number one on the list.


New York State Court of Appeals Rules Against Republican Redistricting Plan

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Next county redistricting to take place, with bipartisan input, in 2013

With a unanimous 7-0 vote, the several monthlong saga of potentially redistricting Nassau County in time for the November elections, as proposed by the Republican majority that controls the county legislature, came to an end at the New York State Court of Appeals. The court, composed of four Republicans and three Democrats, overruled the Second Judicial Department Appellate Panel’s Aug. 11 decision (3-2), which had upheld the Republican-drawn plan for new legislative districts.

The full text of the Court of Appeals ruling enumerated that the court agreed with Democratic legislators that section 112 of the County Charter – the linchpin to the Republican redistricting plan’s alleged legitimacy – could not legally be adhered to without heeding the latter sections of the charter as well.


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