Written by Mineola American Staff Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and the village board of trustees officially opened Emory Road Park on Saturday Oct. 5.
Emory Road Park is the first new park created in the village of Mineola in more than 40 years, according to the village records. The park is designed for use by children age 5-12 and is also the first park ever in the northwest section of Mineola.
“We are committed to providing our residents with the best family-oriented public amenities village resources allow,” said Mayor Strauss. “Our families deserve nothing less.”
Strauss noted that the new park will serve the many young families that are being drawn to Mineola and help keep multi-generational Mineola families in Mineola.
Trustee George Durham, who could not attend the ribbon cutting ceremony because he was traveling with his daughter’s softball team, said in a statement, “Mineola is a community of families. The mayor, my fellow trustees, and I have worked hard for over two years to make this park a reality. I’m proud that our Board worked together on an idea and made this park happen.”
Emory Road Park was constructed at a cost of approximately $75,000 on property already owned by Mineola. Construction costs were funded using the Village of Mineola’s incentive bonus funds.
“At a time when other municipalities are struggling and cutting services, Mineola is building at no additional costs to taxpayers. That’s why people want to live here and why builders want to invest here,” stated Strauss.
Incentive bonus funds are monies allocated for public amenities from downtown development projects such as the Winston or 250 Old Country Road residential developments. The Development Incentive Bonus Overlay District was created in 2007 under then-Mineola Mayor and current Senator Jack M. Martins.
“We took an underutilized property and turned it into a valuable neighborhood asset, and we did it at no cost to village taxpayers,” stated Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira. “This is a win-win for all Mineola residents.”
Strauss says that Mineola‘s home values have remained relatively constant despite recent instability in the national economy. He added that this is in large part due to Mineola’s public amenities, like its parks and a stable tax base.
“This is why our seniors want to stay in Mineola, and young families want to stay here to raise their children,” trustee Dennis Walsh added. “It’s also drawing new families here who want to become part of the Mineola community.”
Trustee Paul Cusato noted that, as a grandfather, having a park within walking distance is an incredible benefit to families. “It’s great that people in this section of Mineola now have a place they can walk to with children without having to cross Jericho Turnpike or Herricks Road.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.