The Mineola School Board held its reorganization meeting on Tuesday, July 1, kick starting the 2014-15 school year. Newcomer Margaret Ballantyne-Mannion was sworn in to the board for her first run in the district. School board President Artie Barnett and Vice President Christine Napolitano were again appointed to their positions on the board for another year.
“I’m very anxious to get started,” Ballantyne-Mannion said. “I’m looking forward to an exciting year.”
Mineola resident Daniel Martins feels his arrest by Nassau County police last month was unlawful. He claims he had been targeted because of his political views.
During a one-man protest, Martins, 21, placed and stood next to an American flag and a “Impeach Obama” sign on a foot bridge over the Long Island Expressway, according to a YouTube video Martins made of his encounter with authorities. He displayed banners for two hours between exits 40 and 41 every Friday since September 2013, he said.
The Williston Park Fire Department announced it will hold its annual Independence Day Parade on Friday July 4, with the parade stepping off at 9:30 a.m.
The parade will begin at Lehigh and Broad Streets in the village and proceed through the neighborhood. The parade route concludes in front of Fire Headquarters and is followed by a short program in which village officials and other invited dignitaries speak on the history and greatness of our nation and the importance of remembering the steps taken by our founding fathers to give birth to a way of life we now enjoy today as Americans.
Community groups are invited to participate in the parade and are encouraged to bring banners, floats, bands, and other festive materials to carry with them in the parade.
“Today’s a day of endings and beginnings, a day full of mixed feelings,” Mineola High School Principal Ed Escobar said on Satuday, June 28 on stage at the Tilles Center at C.W. Post during the school’s 123rd commencement exercises.
Mixed due to the happiness shared by the 195 graduates up on stage, but with a small touch of bittersweet due to the absence of one high-profile member: Frank Trivigno, who was tragically killed in an accident in upstate New York last year at the age of 17.
“Because of how kind-hearted Frank was, we united as a class and were inspired to keep his spirit alive with everything we do,” said class president Emilia Beszterda.
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.
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