Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00
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.
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.