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Another Season For Swimming

Written by Christopher Gavin Friday, 27 June 2014 00:00

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. 


Town House Apartments To Pay

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

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.


Driveway Limit Passes In Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

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 Knows Your Sweet-tooth

Written by Matthew Ern Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00

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.   


Science Smarts

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

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.


Mineola Approves Walgreens Move

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

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.


Sumter Avenue Demolition Close

Written by Michael Scro Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

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.”


Is The Grass Greener?

Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:00

At some point in their life, everybody deals with a stressful situation. Whether it’s being a parent, job issues or social problems, stress can be an issue. In former Mineola resident Jake Mezrahi’s book, Your Grass is Greener, he discusses tips on dealing with stress and offers simple stories to help identify the causes of stress.


“I have been teaching health education at a high school in Brooklyn for 12 years,” said Mezrahi. “During my time on the train to and from work I read a lot of books on self-improvement, health and philosophy. I have read hundreds of books and thousands of articles and a lot of my writing is inspired from that.”


Noodle House Fire Fines

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 June 2014 00:00

104 Mineola Blvd. LLC was fined $2,500 and recently pleaded guilty to operating without a plumber’s license and unpermitted work in Mineola Village Court. Two plumbers sparked a fire in the second floor apartment above Wong’s Noodle House on Monday, April 7, authorities said. 


“This is what happens when you have unlicensed plumbers doing unlicensed work,” Village Building Superintendent Dan Whalen said.


Going Sign Coming Down Soon?

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

The Village of Mineola has asked Winthrop University Hospital to hire an outside firm to conduct a roof engineering report of the Station Plaza Diner before going forward with plans to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the building, according to village officials.

Winthrop expressed interest in the sign last September. According to hospital reps, Winthrop plans to have a new sign installed within the next four to six weeks.


Mayor Scott Strauss indicated a the village is taking a “wait and see” approach when it comes to renovation of the sign. He said Winthrop may not need to submit its plans for the village zoning board of appeals, depending on what the building department finds.


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