Hope you like LEGO, Mineola, because they’ll be in prominent view on the big screen at the third annual Movie Night at the Park in Mineola on Friday, July 18, with a rain date of Saturday, July 19.
The free event will start in Wilson Park at dusk and feature The LEGO Movie. The first two films shown in 2012 and 2013, were The Lorax and Despicable Me, respectively.
“Bring your lawn-chairs and set up because it’s going to be a great night,” Mineola Chamber of Commerce President Bill Greene said. “We’re expecting a couple hundred people to show. Last year we had 350 come.”
For Maestro Louis Panacciulli, the 30th anniversary of the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra is not just about giving back; it’s paying it forward. That’s his message in honoring war veteran Bryan Dilberian at the Tribute to America concert and Village of Mineola Fireworks Show at Memorial Park in Mineola on Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m.
“Bryan’s a great American,” Panacciulli said.
Dilberian, a triple amputee, was on patrol in Afghanistan near Kandahar in July 2011 where he hit an improvised explosive device, losing his legs and left arm.
The Village of Mineola recently adopted a code of ethics to guide the village’s ethics board in financial or professional conflicts. Prior to the law adoption, Mineola had never operated with a code of ethics.
The code closely mirrors the New York State’s version, according to Mayor Scott Strauss.
“We’re tasking the ethics board to do a little bit more than they had done in the past,” Strauss said.
Residents and village officials recently gathered to kick off another summer at the John S. DaVanzo Community Pool, as well as for the unveiling of a new mural finished last month by Mineola High School students.
Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss started the ceremony by calling for a moment of silence for DaVanzo, nicknamed “Mr. Mineola,” who passed away in March at the age of 92.
ERASE Racism, a Syosset-based nonprofit advocating racial equality, announced last week that it reached a $165,000 settlement with Town House Apartments of Mineola in a fair housing lawsuit filed last summer. The settlement handed down by Judge Gary Brown also includes employee training at the complex, owned by LLR Realty LLC in Port Washington.
According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court, ERASE Racism reached out to the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) in Manhattan, which sent white and African American “test” renters to the 74-unit apartment complex in Mineola from August to October 2012. Settlement documents say that on three separate occasions, black testers were quoted higher rents or told rooms were being
renovated/unavailable. Attempts to reach Building Superintendent Jorge Agudelo were unsuccessful.
The Village of Mineola recently passed a local law limiting driveways to 25 percent of the front yard of residential properties. According to the law, there can only be one driveway per residence and it prohibits the construction of circular driveways.
Circular driveways prior to the law’s adoption are legal. Driveways on the side or at the back of houses are also exempt because they cannot be easily seen from the street, officials said.
Lisa Ann’s Desserts provides a variety of baked goods to order, but owner Lisa Cron says cookies are the heart of the business.
“They just melt in your mouth. It’s an all-day cookie; you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner,” Cron says of the butter-based cookies topped with a dollop of raspberry jam at their centers.
Occupying 100 Main St. in Mineola, Lisa Ann’s Desserts fulfills online orders for baked goods and can handle catering private affairs, corporate events, or simple gift baskets.
Like any good cook, Cron is one of the biggest fans of her own baking. She says that working in the kitchen turning out delicious baked goods all day can get tempting. So much so, it’s hard for her to
pick a personal favorite of her sweet treats.
Fifteen Mineola School District students were commended for various science projects on Thursday, June 5.
“I’m very proud to have with us high school science research students that have been working on their projects, some for two years,” District Superintendent Michael Nagler said.
Mineola has stepped up its science program over the last few years and most notably boasted its first Intel Semifinalist in 2011: Bethanne Bartscherer.
The Village of Mineola approved Walgreens’ move from its current location to 12 East Jericho Tpke., former home of the Entenmann’s Bakery Outlet. The current store is set up southwest of the proposed location on Jericho Turnpike and Roslyn Road. A CVS pharmacy currently sits a stone’s throw from the new spot.
“It’s a great spot, but they should’ve moved somewhere else,” said CVS customer Mike Pollentz, when made aware of the move.
The proposed 14,518 square foot facility will house a 24-hour prescription drive-thru, and be developed by Marc Steinberg of Marc Development, according to a decision read by village legal counsel John Gibbons. Steinberg has constructed over 150 Walgreens across the country.
After a lengthy legal battle, the Village of East Williston is moving ahead with demolishing the controversial and dilapidated house at 8 Sumter Ave., according to village attorney Jeffrey Blinkoff. He announced on Monday, June 9 that Nassau County Supreme Court Judge James McCormack lifted the stay of demolition, officially allowing East Williston to proceed.
McCormack gave the homeowners, John and Theresa Muzio, until July 28 to remove property from the home. The Muzios can appeal the decision by McCormack. Should they do so, Blinkoff said the village will “defend as much as we have to.”
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