Written by Michael Scro: email@example.com Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1305 hosted its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28. After traveling down Westbury Avenue, Roslyn Road, Jericho Turnpike and ending at Memorial Park on Marcellus Road, a special ceremony was held to honor those who have died for their country.
Among the many that marched in the parade were the Nassau County Police Department, Mineola Auxilary Police, Mineola Fire Department, Chaminade High School Marching Band, Mineola American Legion, Mineola Chamber of Commerce and Knights of Columbus. Boy Scout Troop 45 also participated, as well as the Mineola Portuguese Center, Irish American Center, Dynamics Dance Studio, among others.
Mineola residents lined up along the entire route of the parade, sitting in lawn chairs, gathering their families and pets together to watch the show. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson Park, the parade took off at 11 a.m. and the memorial ceremony took place at noon.
Commander Manny Grilo and Commander Sal Cataldo introduced a host of guest speakers who expressed their thanks and praise to the servicemen and women of the past and present.
“Thank you to all the people who gave their lives, and the ones that are here today and still serving,” Cataldo said. “The American Legion and the VFW do everything we can to help them.”
He also read lyrics from the Trace Atkins song “Arlington,” to further express the significance of Memorial Day.
Douglas Mendoza of the Salvation Army gave an invocation.
“Memorial Day is a federal holiday to remember the men and women who died while serving the United States,” said Mendoza.
Grilo spoke about services he has been attending for the past few weeks, and how he was called a ‘hero’ to which he responded: “No I’m not, the heroes are left on the battlefield. They’re the ones who never came home, and that’s why we’re here today.”
Following their speeches were the following guest speakers: Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, Village of Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira, Village of Mineola Trustee Paul Cusato, Village of Mineola Trustee George Durham, Village of Mineola Trustee Larry Werther, New York State Senator Jack Martins, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Town of North Hempstead Councilman Angelo Ferrara, Town of North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, Town of North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross, Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps., Rev. Les Siegal and Boy Scout Troop #45 Eagle Scout Christopher Gavin.
Gavin spoke about his Eagle Scout project he conceived which will make 150 care packages for homeless veterans across Long Island.
“There are 600 homeless veterans on Long Island, of both men and women. These are 600 heroes period, and what kind of country and people would we be if we didn’t help them in their time of need,” said Gavin.
He plans to make 75 packages for men and 75 packages for women, which will contain items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, clean socks, deodorant, shaving cream and other necessary health products. They will be distributed at an event for the homeless veterans in July, organized by the Nassau County Veterans Organization.
Every speaker thanked the servicemen and women from the American Revolution all the way up until the present day Iraq War.
“Why do we celebrate Memorial Day? It’s to honor the men and women who serve, their commitment and especially those who make the ultimate sacrifice: their lives,” said Senator Jack Martins.
“A veteran is someone who wrote a check made payable to the United States of America, in the amount of, up to and including their lives,” said Mayor Scott Strauss.
“On behalf of the Town of North Hempstead, look around, this is the American dream. There is no one we give greater thanks and allegiance to than those who made that great sacrifice and perished in our name,” said Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman.
The ceremony concluded with a rifle salute made up of Jerry Olden, Yuri Karaz and Donald Olsen, firing three shots to remember the dead; and the singing of God Bless America.
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00
Mineola doesn’t fancy itself as a San Francisco treat, but if the $360 million Nassau Hub plan comes to fruition, residents could see a trolly-style-like tram rolling down East Second Street. Funding for the trolley would likely be funded by the federal government, according to village officials.
Nassau County spent a $5.1 million federal grant on the county/Federal Transit Authority-led feasibility study analyzing the practical nature of a transportation service through Mineola, as part of the Nassau Hub plan. One end of the plan would be the Mineola Train Station, with the Hempstead Bus and Rail Station being the other.
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with confusion to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including five from Mineola, ranging in age from 23 to 50.
The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs. That, some feel, is an over-reach. East Williston Attorney Jeff Kalenka thinks prostitution is a problem, but thought publishing the names “embarrasses” the men caught in the act.
“It doesn’t surprise me although I do disagree with what Kathleen Rice did because I think the ‘Johns’ or reported ‘Johns’ are innocent until proven guilty and to put their names in the paper embarrasses them, embarrasses their families and possibly unintended victims like their children,” Kalenka said outside the Mineola train station.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Brianna O’Brien’s tie-breaking goal with a minute remaining propelled the GU14 Mineola Mustangs to a thrilling 3-2 win over a skillful Syosset team on June 1. With the score knotted at two, Mineola’s Natalia Cotto raced to a loose ball ahead of the Syosset goalkeeper and poked the ball loose to the onrushing O’Brien, who calmly drove the ball into the goal.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Albertson’s Gabrielle Schreib will be wrapping up her record breaking Kellenberg Memorial High School Spring Track season this month running in the NYS High School State Championship in Middletown, NY and the New Balance High School Nationals in Greensboro, NC. She attended Mineola Schools until 2012.