Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 22 May 2013 07:16
The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) approved funding for Nassau County’s part of a plan to address flood issues in Mineola and Carle Place, officials revealed on May 15. Mineola and North Hempstead’s portion of the three-part Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation Project has been ongoing.
The county will install 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, entering Mineola’s recharge basin. Pratt Brothers Construction will handle the county’s work.
“I always knew we could get this through the county, but I was always concerned about NIFA pulling the rug out from under us at some point,” Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello said. “I’m hopeful we can get work done as quickly as possible and get through a rainy season.”
NIFA did not return calls for comment.
Mineola Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini hopes the county will start the Sheridan pipe within the next two or three weeks.
Mineola is installing two new drainage manholes and four new catch basins, and already removed approximately 300 feet of existing 18-inch drainage pipe. The pipe was replaced with a new 30-inch drainage pipe on Bruce Terrace.
“It was no small task,” Mayor Scott Strauss said of the county’s portion. “We know the challenges the county is facing financially. Rich
Nicolello did a tremendous job at getting this done. This project will hopefully move forward at a rapid pace.”
The village will replace an existing 36-inch drainage pipe in the village’s south recharge basin with a 48-inch pipe on Westbury Avenue.
The village will demolish an existing manhole, which will be replaced by a new 8-foot diameter manhole and 48-inch headwall.
New catch basins will be installed, with five 6-foot manholes. The 1,420 feet of 18-or 24-inch drainage pipe on Liberty Avenue, which will provide storm water relief to East Second Street, has been installed.
“Our contractor is back on site at this point working on the recharge basin. You obviously have outfall pipes coming in from Liberty [Avenue], East Second [Street], Bruce Terrace and now also one coming from Sheridan Boulevard.”
Village contractors installed a 15-foot deep manhole where Nassau’s contractor will connect an enlarged pipe to the Mineola sump.
“We still have a few concrete repairs that need to be done on Bruce Terrace,” Rini said. “We have a couple of manholes on the Liberty Avenue interceptor [pipe] that need to be raised up.”
Rini met with contractors on May 15. The resurfacing of Liberty and Bruce Terrace will be expedited with pool season around the corner. Milling and paving of the roads will begin on Tuesday, May 28.
“We can at least get those streets done and complete it and move on to Dow Avenue,” Rini said.
Westbury Avenue resident Bill Gresalfi has friends in the low-lying areas of Carle Place. “My friends say so far it’s working,” he said.
The Town of North Hempstead broke ground on January 3. North Hempstead finished drainage improvements, new catch basins and pipes on three to four streets near the Mineola/Carle Place border. The town is completing a recharge basin on Mineola land located north of Westbury Avenue.
“This project will change people’s lives,” Supervisor Jon Kaiman said. “Good things happen when we all work together.”
The three municipalities received $800,000 each in state aid to complete the project. New York State originally granted $2.4 million solely to North Hempstead, but the funds were vacated after a seat change in the Seventh Senate District. Senator Jack Martins had the grants restored in 2011.
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.