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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


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