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To Disband Or Not To Disband?

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

The Mineola School District will discuss disbanding its finance committee at its business meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27, citing inactivity and lack of consistent work. Talks were scheduled for last week’s school board meeting, but that was canceled due the blizzard that rocked the Northeast.

 

District officials say the board of education would either assign work throughout the school year to the committee, or disband the group and call on them during budget season, which is approaching. Mineola reps feel because of the 2 percent tax cap, the budget process is not labor-intensive unless districts are cutting staff or programs.

 

Vow Renewal For Local Couple

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 15 February 2014 00:00

While half of marriages end in divorce today, one East Williston couple has a word of advice to current and future newlyweds: patience. Jim and Barbara Sandquist will be married for 64 years on Oct. 7 and will renew their vows on Valentine’s Day at Harbor Links in Port Washington, along with 90 other couples.

 

“You have to be forgiving,” Jim said. “You need to understand your partner and how they feel.”

 

Barbara says Jim is the one to not lose his temper, which keeps both of them in check during trying times.

 

Desperately Seeking Salt

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 14 February 2014 00:00

A stormy winter is turning sand and salt into hot commodities in Mineola and across Long Island—despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pledge to send us an extra 400 tons of the stuff, 200 tons each to Nassau and Suffolk. 

 

“We are in a salt shortage,” said Tom Rini, village public works superintendent, adding that he has heard from neighboring municipalities, including North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, that their reserves are nearly tapped too. 

 

“There’s been challenges,” Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss said. “Normally, snow comes and goes, but this time, it’s decided to stay with us. The snow can only pile up so high. We’ve had flooding issues as well as salt issues.”

 

String Concert To Showcase Film Classics

Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

The Mineola School District will hold its annual String Night concert on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre in Mineola High School at 10 Armstrong Rd. in Garden City Park. The free concert is open to public.

 

The  concert features musical performances by orchestra students ranging from sixth to 12th-grades.The theme of the evening is “Show Tunes and Soundtracks.” Different groups will play lighter selections of Broadway and movie-theme music.

 

Scofflaws Block E. Williston Tear-Down

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

Absentee landlords John and Theresa Muzio denied East Williston Village inspectors access to their 8 Sumter Ave. house for a second time on Friday, Jan. 31. The uninhabited and neglected property has been the subject of controversy and public criticism, resulting in numerous hearings and court proceedings, but rarely have the Muzios themselves appeared.  

 

East Williston contractor J. Galvin Construction arrived at 2 p.m. to survey the property for demolition. The village had been granted demolition rights by a February 2012 court order, and the plan was approved by the village board in October last year. A survey is required prior to demolition. 

 

CARFAX Lawsuit Gains Steam

Written by Mineola American Staff Saturday, 08 February 2014 00:00

Mineola-based law firm Bellavia Blatt Andron & Crossett recently joined with Berger & Montague, P.C., in prosecuting the lawsuit Maxon Hyundai Mazda et-al. vs. Carfax, Inc., alleging violations of U.S. antitrust laws. Berger & Montague previously served as co-counsel against Visa and MasterCard, obtaining the landmark settlement of $7.25 billion, the largest private antitrust case settlement ever. 

 

Currently, there are approximately 500 dealer plaintiffs in the CARFAX lawsuit, a number that is expected to increase as the suit progresses, senior partner Leonard Bellavia says.

 

Bartering For A Better Babysitter

Written by Chris Boyle Friday, 07 February 2014 00:00

The reservations are set, the film time picked out, everything looks to be set for date night...except the kids, that is. You forgot to hire a sitter? You thought I was doing it? Dinner is at eight, whatever are we to do?

 

All too often, families run into this situation, and all too often it spells trouble. But one man is seeking to remedy that with the Feb. 10 launch of BabysittingBarter.com, where parents can easily find the solution to date night woes, according to President and CEO

Brian Mannix. The site currently operates out of LaunchPad LI in Mineola, an office building that specializes in catering to startup operations.

 

“We are a unique online platform that brings parents and babysitter together,” he said.

 

Pre-K Talk

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00

Universal pre-k is at the forefront of American education, so much so that President Barack Obama mentioned it in his State of the Union last week. Mineola School Board President Artie Barnett indicated that the school district is preparing for a mandated full-day pre-k program.

 

Mineola currently holds a five-day, half-day program for September 2014 and is open to expanding it, should a full slate curriculum be implemented. However, selection into the class is lottery-based. Barnett feels full-time pre-k “is coming down the track.”

 

“The idea is on the front burner [in the state legislature],” he said. “Also, following the State of the Union address, the president [mentioned it as well]. Whether [the program] will transform into a full-day, five-day program, I don’t know. But I think we have to prepare for it.”

 

KeySpan Demolition Nears End

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

The demolition of the old KeySpan building located at 250 Old Country Road in Mineola is currently ongoing. The complete tear-down is expected to conclude some time in February. Lake Success-based Lalezarian Developers will construct a nine-story, 315-unit apartment complex at the site.

 

Parts of the structure were pulled down earlier this month. The final demolition days are at 4 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Friday, Feb. 14., but are subject to change. No explosives are being used during tear-downs, according to Mineola village officials.

 

Weather initially delayed the start of the demolition, Mayor Scott Strauss said. Lalezarian had to postpone the first few “pull-downs” of the structure.

 

Mineola Mustangs Grab First Win

Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

More than 200 hundred people turned out for Reggie Carter Memorial Basketball Night on Friday, Jan. 24 at Mineola High School to see if the Mustangs could break its 13 game winless streak. The team did not disappoint their home crowd, playing inspired basketball to earn their first victory of the season over a turnover-prone Clarke High School, 44-37.

 

“I was getting a little nervous there for a while thinking we might not win a game all season,” said Mineola head coach, Jim Hegmann. “Our overall team effort team effort was very good tonight and I thought our defense played the best they had all year.”

 

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