For the fifth year, the Irish American Society of Mineola has crowned a new Miss Irish America, giving the distinct honor to Islip resident Kelly Schlittenhardt in 2013, whose grandparents immigrated to the United States from the Emerald Isle.
It was Schlittenhardt’s grandparents who read about the competition in the Mineola newsletter and encouraged her to take part.
“My Irish heritage means a lot to me,” said Schlittenhardt. “Both of my grandparents from my mom’s side are immigrants from there. It was really nice to win this for my grandparents.”
Nassau County selected Nassau Events Center to redevelop Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding property, by offering the county a significantly sweeter deal.
Bruce Ratner, the developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and NEC’s chief executive, beat out Hank Ratner (no relation) and the Madison Square Garden Company after the county narrowed its choices to the two entertainment giants last month.
At a news conference in Mineola on Thursday, Aug. 15, Mangano noted revenue differences in the two proposals drove the final decision.
Mineola Buildings Superintendent Dan Whalen expects the steel structure of Winthrop University Hospital’s new $60 million research center on Mineola Boulevard will be finished by the first week of September.
Whalen expects engineer plans of the interior of the building soon. The hospital intends to hold a “topping-out” ceremony when the last steel I-beam is set in place on Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.
New York State test scores in third- through eighth-grade plummeted on Long Island by 40 percent in the new roll-out of the English and math “common core” exam. While the Mineola School District landed in the middle of the pack across the state, district reps feel the state has a long way to go in assessing student growth.
Forty-six states have implemented the common core in an effort to move education toward one unified curriculum. This idea has been combed through during Mineola board meetings over the past two years.
Hometown enrichment — that’s what matters to the Mineola Chamber of Commerce and the Mineola Street Fair set to kick off Sunday, Sept. 8 will showcase local businesses. A rain date is set for Sept. 15.
Chamber Vice President Tony Lubrano and Steve Ford, the owner of Willis Hobbies and current fair co-chair, gave details on the upcoming event last week in an interview with the Mineola American.
The Village of Mineola will hold a hearing to discuss increasing trustee terms from two to four years. Mayor Scott Strauss floated the idea at recent community forums he held with residents at Village Hall, but set Sept. 18 as a hearing night for the public to have its say on the proposed change.
Strauss indicated no public hearing is mandated, but the board wanted to give residents input. If approved, the new term lengths would put Mineola on par with comparable villages.
Recruiting number firefighters has always been troublesome for local fire departments, and now 13 area companies have banded together to form a unique coalition to do something about it.
Helped by JSK Public Safety, a small private grant-writing company, units from Albertson, Bellerose Terrace, East Williston, Floral Park Center, Great Neck Alert, Great Neck Vigilant, Lakeview, Lynbrook, Manhasset-Lakeville, New Hyde Park, Plandome, Port Washington and South Hempstead have been awarded a $500,000 three-year grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to boost their recruiting efforts.
A black Infiniti sedan slammed into Game Master Grill on Roslyn Road at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 29, mangling the storefront. Nassau County Police said the driver, who they did not identify, lost control of the vehicle traveling northbound.
Police did not charge the driver and no criminality was involved. No injuries were reported.
Mineola resident Joseph Wood is the newest hopeful to enter the race for North Hempstead town clerk, on the Conservative line. He’ll face off against incumbent Leslie Gross, who switched to the Republican Party in May, and Wayne Wink, a Nassau County legislator from Roslyn.
Wood, 73, is retired and a former director of stewardship for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Describing himself as a fiscal conservative, Wood said he was interested in the race because the election lacks a true right-winger.
Three Mineola businesses on Jericho Turnpike were hit with graffiti attacks in the wee hours of Wednesday, July 31, sparking outrage from owners and managers. Graffiti was seen sprayed on the rear facades and vehicles of BedQuarters, Auto Barn and Essef Industries, near the corner of Herricks Road and the turnpike.
BedQuarters Owner Jim Canell was off on the day the attacks hit; he received a call from employees around 8 a.m. Wednesday. He and his brother Bill have run the mattress mainstay since 1989.
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