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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

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.

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.


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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