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Steel Rising On Mineola Boulevard

Outside shell of Winthrop facility to be completed by fall

Mineola Buildings Superintendent Dan Whalen expects the steel structure of Winthrop University Hospital’s new $60 million research center on Mineola Boulevard will be finished by the first week of September. 

 

Whalen expects engineer plans of the interior of the building soon. The hospital intends to hold a “topping-out” ceremony when the last steel I-beam is set in place on Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.

 

The four-story, .893 acre facility would house research into obesity and diabetes as well as cardiovascular and pulmonary related issues, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) among

others. The building would total 94,000 square feet, village officials said.

 

“[Research] will be centralized there, though some research will continue throughout the hospital,” said Carolann Martines, a Winthrop spokeswoman. “As a true translational research center, the building has been designed to provide for working relationships as well as chance encounters between diverse researchers – those involved in pure “bench” research and those conducting clinical trials – in order to promote innovative ideas and bring about breakthroughs.”

 

Winthrop presented the plan in July 2011 and it was approved two months later. According to hospital officials, the building should be completed by the end of 2014. The building was designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, which also designed the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

 

“It’s moving along on schedule,” Whalen said. “The last piece of steel...there’s going to be some type of ceremony with the hospital. It’ll probably be an all-day affair. Ultimately, they’re going to have people sign the last steel piece as it goes into the structure.”

 

The new building will house classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus, which serves as a clinical satellite of the Stony Brook School of Medicine, according to hospital reps. Space will be devoted to classrooms, medical training facilities and a simulation lab, where students train with lifelike robotic mannequins. A 400-seat amphitheater will function as both a lecture hall and a venue for community education events sponsored by the hospital.

 

The Regional Economic Development Council awarded the project a $1 million grant to support the construction after the ground-breaking in January.

 

After the plan was approved in fall 2011, the hospital’s outreach center was knocked down to make way for the new facility. Also on the site was a former poison control center, additional offices associated with the hospital and the former La Cisterna restaurant.

Winthrop contributed $1 million to the village for improvements and public amenities. Approximately $250,000 was awarded to Mineola upon issuance of construction permits and three additional payments of $250,000 were awarded three months, six months and nine months later.

Winthrop will install streetscape improvements along the south, west and east sides of the subject property, including but not limited to sidewalk pavers, trees and benches to match those downtown. The hospital will pay village real estate taxes on all its properties.


News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


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