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Police Investigating Graffiti Spree in Mineola

Village reacts to spray paint attacks, offers reward in conjunction with Chaminade High School

Mineola was hit with such a graffiti spree recently that if one were to draw a line across a map, a slash across the village would appear. Mineola and Chaminade officials are working with local authorities to erase that slash.

Mayor Scott Strauss announced last week that Mineola, along with Chaminade High School are offering a reward for any information regarding the graffiti attacks in Mineola. He called the acts intolerable.

The Third Squad is currently investigating aggravated harassment that occurred in Mineola between Friday, Feb. 10 at 11 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.

“Mineola is a community of families and I’m outraged to see someone sink to such low levels and go against the grain of everything this community represents,” he said. “This was not simply a thoughtless act nor was it just about disrespecting the property of others. This type of crime is the acting out of hateful thoughts of those who have nothing but disdain for their fellow citizens.”

According to detectives, offensive graffiti, including swastikas, “666” and a racist term, were spray painted in red on the walls of Chaminade High School on Jackson Avenue. A bus owned by the school was also defaced.

Police said the reference date 03/09/88-05/02/11 and swastikas were found at Memorial Park on Washington Avenue.

“We’ve been in constant contact with the Nassau County Police Department and has been assisting the hate crimes unit in every way possible,” Strauss stated.

A sign at the northeast corner of Roslyn Road and Old Country Road was found to have an orange swastika spray painted on it, according to police. The door of an apartment building on Third Avenue was spray painted with a swastika in orange and red.

“There was a graffiti mark on a white van near my house,” Mineola resident Dennis Walsh said.

Police said the word “Outlaws” was found spray painted on the wall of a Harrison Avenue building. Authorities would not confirm any leads on the investigating as of press time.

“To have someone care so little for the community we live in was totally outrageous and it’s my sincerest hope that anyone out there that knows anything about this crime will reach out to the TIPS hotline and bring this perpetrator to justice,” trustee Larry Werther said.

Orange and red swastikas were spray painted on the walls of Yamaha/Suzuki of Mineola on West Jericho Turnpike, according to police. A 1999 Dodge van was discovered with an orange swastika spray painted on it on Albertson Place.

“I ask anyone who may have knowledge of this incident to contact the authorities immediately,” Strauss said.

A 2009 BMW on Third Street was found spray painted with a swastika, police said. On Marcellus Road, a phallic symbol and a symbol resembling a pentagram were found spray painted in orange and red on a 2000 Chevrolet.

“We’re all disgusted by the events that occurred,” Trustee Paul Pereira said. “Mayor Strauss took this personally, as we all should and hopefully it will reach the conclusion of finding these perpetrators. We certainly want to put pressure because somebody knows who did this.”

According to police, a trailer generator on Main Street had swastikas and the word “Outlaw” spray painted on it in orange. The word “Outlaw” was also spray painted in orange on the wall of Tilden Brakes on Willis Avenue.

“It was a large track across the village,” trustee George Durham said. “If you know something, please call.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding these crimes to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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