On Westbury Avenue, the past is still living today. At the Mineola Historical Society, a dedicated group of people have been maintaining Mineola’s past to save it for the next generation.
“We are trying to preserve the history of Mineola,” President of the Mineola Historical Society Thomas Murhta said. He added the goal is, “to keep the past for the future.” For over 25 years, the Mineola Historical Society has done just that. Hundreds of artifacts and photos line the walls of the interior of the building, with thousands more in storage.
Murtha, 60, has lived in Mineola for his whole life. “I was born here in Mineola. I grew up here. I’ve seen a lot of changes,” he said. He got involved with the Mineola Historical Society in 1995, and has been dedicated to it ever since. He isn’t the only one.
For Mineola High School theater alums like John Watts, having the chance to return to the school’s stage means more than just another night under the lights.
It isn’t just nostalgia that’s powering the one-night-only MHS Summer Showcase on Aug. 8, Watts, the music director, said. For the second year in a row, alumni are teaming up with current students to put on a performance with all profits benefiting the school’s drama department. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8 p.m. curtain.
Following the popularity of last year’s Les Miserables reunion show, Watts said the group of graduates saw another opportunity to contribute to the school district’s renown music and fine arts education program.
The Village of Mineola Board recently approved Maxim Hygiene, a feminine hygiene products distribution company, to sell food at its 121 East Jericho Tpke. location.
Owner Kenneth Alvandi plans to offer gluten-free food and natural beverages at the shop. He’s operated in Mineola since January.
“Everything we would buy has a long shelf life,” he said. “It’s all pre-packaged, not cooked.”
The Mineola School District Board of Education assessed the district’s performance in recent New York State assessment and Regents testing; performance that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael
Nagler noted was in need of improvement at a July 24 board meeting.
Nagler addressed issues that students have been encountering with the recently-mandated state assessments, noting the difference in effectiveness between what he called “formative testing,” or testing on a regular basis, and “summative testing,” which is done annually, typically at the end of the school year.
Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.
The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.
Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.
The Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.
The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.
“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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