Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
Progression was the theme last week when Mineola Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini gave an update on the ongoing Bruce Terrace Flood project. The plan should remediate decades of flood problems on the Mineola/Carle Place border.
Mineola’s side of the three-part, joint-municipal project includes the installation of two new drainage manholes, four new catch basins and the removal of 300 feet of existing 18-inch drainage pipe. The pipe would be replaced with a new 30-inch drainage pipe on Bruce Terrace.
The trench area for the pipe, according to Rini, has been paved and toward the end of the project when each phase of the three-part project is completed, contractors will do mill work in the affected areas.
An existing 36-inch drainage pipe in the village’s south recharge basin would be replaced with a 48-inch pipe. The village would demolish an existing manhole, which would be replaced by a new 8-foot diameter manhole and 48-inch headwall.
New catch basins would be installed, with five 6-foot manholes and 1,420 feet of 18-or 24-inch drainage pipe on Liberty Avenue with a new outfall structure into the Mineola catch basin to provide storm water relief to East Second Street.
Phase two, Nassau County’s portion, includes installing two new catch basins and five new manholes and 1,715 feet of 36- or 48-inch bypass pipes on Sheridan Boulevard from Raff Avenue, crossing Westbury Avenue and entering Mineola’s recharge basin. Rini said no work has begun as of press time.
“Pending the start of Nassau County’s portion, it has been put out to bid,” Rini said. “There is a low bidder. To my knowledge, nothing has been awarded as yet.”
The county’s part needed the Nassau Interim Finance Authority’s approval. At a recent Carle Place Civic Association meeting, Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello said a bid should be awarded by March 18.
Village officials say they are in contact with county reps, attempting to move the process along. Mineola can continue with its project without any setbacks.
However, Rini said there’s “a great deal of utility crossings for water services and gas services” being in a residential area near Sheridan Boulevard.
“It’s going to be tricky and with that, we opted to move toward Phase three, which is the construction of Liberty Avenue storm water drainage improvements.”
DPW workers have installed 195 feet of 24-inch drainage outfall pipes, according to Rini for Phase three. Connecting manholes have been installed through the south recharge basin, to the dead-end on Liberty Avenue near Union Drive. Approximately 1,030 feet of pipe will be installed from the dead end on Liberty, to the Union Drive intersection.
“One new catch basin will be installed on Senate Street, just off Liberty Avenue,” Rini said. “A new catch basin will be installed on the north side of Liberty, just east of Union. There will be two new catch basins installed on Union, just south of Liberty. All that is to catch the water from that drainage area, transport it down Liberty Avneue, dump it into the recharge basin before it gets to East Second Street.”
North Hempstead, which broke ground on its project piece in January, will drainage improvements, installing new catch basins and pipes on three to four streets near the Mineola/Carle Place border. The town will build a recharge basin on Mineola land located north of Westbury Avenue.
“This project could not happen without [Mineola],” Kaiman said at the groundbreaking. “In many respects, taking the lead, the village has been dealing with these issues on a much broader scale.”
Rini previously met with town contractor Tri-State Paving LLC and North Hempstead officials concerning the property on the border of Mineola. The Carle Place Water District has a water line that runs through the property and Mineola will work with the district so the line will not be damaged.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Even rain couldn’t put a damper on children’s faces as they marveled at the Mineola tree across from Village Hall on Friday, Dec. 6 during the annual Christmas tree lighting. With the Chaminade High School Jazz Band rocking the community center across the street, residents and kiddies waited with bated breath and excitement for the tree to come alive, along with a visit from old St. Nick.
As the area between the Mineola Fire Department and Piccola Bussola began to fill up, the tree ignited with blue, green and red glory for all attendees to gaze at, while cars buzzing by on Jericho Turnpike now had a beacon in the night to guide them. Inside the community center, the band provided much needed holiday cheer, playing “Jingle Bells,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
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.
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.