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Cops Nab Jewel Thief

A Bronx man has been arrested and charged with multiple burglaries,  including one in Mineola in which a 69-year-old woman caught him going through her desk and grabbed him, but he broke free, Nassau County police said.

The man was identified as Morris Santaniello, 60.

 

Police said they arrested Santaniello in Astoria, Queeens on April 10. In a burglary at the Birchwood Court Complex in Mineola on Feb. 19, police said the 69-year-old woman returned to her residence and saw  a man in her apartment going through her desk. 

 

She grabbed him, attempting to stop his escape, but he broke free and fled on foot onto Roslyn Road. Police said jewelry and cash were missing from the victim’s apartment.

The victim, who asked not to be identified in a March 1 Mineola American cover story, did not return calls for comment.

 

Russell Sutherland, president of the Birchwood Court Co-Op Board of Directors, said “I want to thank Nassau County police for their successful investigation and arrest of the Bronx resident for burglary.” 

Police said Santaniello gained access to the building by repeatedly pressing call buttons in the lobby until one room buzzed the suspect in.  He returned to Birchwood and broke into two apartments and removed jewelry from each dwelling at approximately 5 and 7:30 p.m. that night. The victims were 64-and a 58-year-old females, respectively.

 

Santaniello was also charged with a burglary that occurred at an apartment on Mineola Boulevard on Jan. 8, where he reportedly removed jewelry from an 81-year-old female victim’s apartment.


News

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.

Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.

 

“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”


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.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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