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Sumter Avenue Still A Hot Topic

There’s no rest for the East Williston Board of Trustees during the dog days of summer. The business of running the village rolls on, and the Board held its monthly meeting at

Village Hall on Monday, Aug. 12.

 

Not surprisingly, the future of the property at 8 Sumter Avenue was once again the topic of the night.

 

The village planning board is set to vote near the end of the month on whether to approve subdivision of the land. If that goes through, developer BNL would purchase the property from owner John Muzio, and build two houses on the land. If the developer is denied, control of the property would revert back to the village.

 

The village would then have to accept bids after deciding whether to demolish or repair the property. Many residents have been outspoken, saying that Muzio has been an absentee owner, letting the property deteriorate. Vandals and vermin seem to permeate the property, and residents simply want the matter resolved.

 

At the meeting, one resident once again asked why the process is taking so long. Mayor David Tanner said the planning board had put off a vote due to personal matters and summer vacation. All members need to be present for the vote, the planning board has decided.

 

Another resident wondered exactly how much legal authority the planning board has, and believes that only the board of trustees can make changes to the law. Mayor Tanner made it clear that the planning board has been vested with the proper authority to handle this matter, though he is the one who appoints the members in the first place.

 

The point was also raised that all eyes will be on the mayor in this matter, seeing as how he is now the head of the Nassau County Village Officials Association

In Other News

The board says tree trimming around the village continues and anyone who needs it should contact Village Hall. This is a preemptive measure, as it is expected to be a stormy autumn.

 

National Grid continues the process of sleeving old gas lines around the area. This means the resulting street repairs continue as well.

Parking signage will be erected on Sagamore Avenue, as the board has approved a 103 feet strip of parking along the street, to begin around where the existing gate to the ballfield is.

 

The Town of North Hempstead receiver of taxes will be at the library on Sept. 26 to discuss the new STAR registration program. All property owners who currently receive the basic STAR exemption are required to register with the state in order to receive the exemption for the 2014-15 school year.

 

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be at Village Hall on Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m.


News

Mineola Street Fair coordinators are canvassing the downtown area to enlist local businesses for the fourth annual Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event on Saturday, Sept. 14 at noon, with an Oct. 5 rain date. Opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m.

 

“We’ve been walking the streets trying to get more businesses involved,” Chamber vice president and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano said. “It’s the same struggle every year but at the end, it all comes together.”

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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