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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

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.

East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd.  Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”

 

Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.

 

“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said.  “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”

 

The Third Precinct declined to comment.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


Columns

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