Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00I may have no authority to call my task a tall one, considering my predecessor had to comb more than 50 years of documented news for the 50th anniversary edition of the Mineola American. When I started at Anton on April 12, 2010 (I only remember because it was two days before the anniversary of the Titanic sinking), I brushed through about a year’s worth of newspapers so I’d have some sort of head start when I finally took the reins of the official paper of the village.
With 2012 being the 60th anniversary year, I have been assigned the task of documenting from Nov. 21, 2001 until 2012. Most would say ‘It’s only 10 years? Joe Rizza did 50.’ That’s one shadow I’ll never get out of; a shadow I’ll gladly reference back to and carry on my shoulders until my knees buckle.
I’m up to 2006 and I have to say I’ve learned so much of what has occurred in Mineola. Ranging from the Centennial Celebration, local figures moving up in the world, Nickelodeon visiting Mineola Middle School, the demolition and rebuilding of Willis Avenue School, to the Tutor Time debacle, the opening of the new Mineola Boulevard Bridge, the Mineola police debate…oh I could go on forever, which may be the point.
There’s so much history here. A lot has happened and it would be impossible to put all of it into what I’m putting together. I will do my best at giving Mineola a timeline to revert back to if residents need to recall a newsworthy event or channel a memory long since passed.