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Street Fair Showcases Hometown Feel

Annual gathering brings locals, businesses together

Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the Annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 8. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Eckles of Williston Park.

 

“All of the local fairs that occur this time of the year are fantastic,” she said. “It’s great to get out on a Sunday and enjoy the day.”

 

Inflatable castles were set up for kids just off Mineola Boulevard, as well as performance stages, local craft and business vendors. Chamber Vice President and owner of Piccola Bussola Tony Lubrano estimated the fair attracted 110 vendors.

 

“I think, just like [other events that we do]...I enjoy this,” said Lubrano. “To me, this makes Mineola feel like a real, small hometown. Talking to people here, a lot of them are born and bred here. It’s great.”

 

Lubrano and Willis Hobbies owner Steve Ford have coordinated the fair since it moved from Memorial Park to the downtown area in 2011. The fair, a staple since before the village’s incorporation, had previously operated out of the par for about 20 years. The Mineola Village Board approved the change in May 2011.

 

“We had great participation this year,” Ford said. “It’s a step up from previous fairs years ago. We’re always taking notes, looking to improve it the following year.”

 

The two main areas in the downtown area of the fair is Main Street from First Street to Front Street, Second Street from Mineola Boulevard between Main Street and Willis Avenue and a two block area of Mineola Boulevard from Harrison Avenue to the north side of Second Street across from the boulevard bridge over the railroad tracks. Mayor Scott Strauss commended the chamber for planning a great event.

 

“Many of the [chamber members] don’t live here, but they’re more than business owners,” Strauss said. “They have a huge stake in this village and they’re out here [supporting Mineola].”

 

Chamber President Bill Greene agreed with Strauss’ sentiments, commending local businesses that got involved. Greene owns Tsontos Furs on Jericho Turnpike.

 

“It’s a wonderful town to be a part of,” Greene said. “There’s wonderful businesses here as you can see. Today, they’re all being highlighted. It’s great to live here and I’m honored to have a business here too.”

 

Former Mineola Mayor and current State Senator Jack Martins agreed that the street fair was a step up from previous events held in Memorial Park. The biggest difference? It’s right in town.

 

“You’re right here where everyone is,” Martins stated. “It’s in the downtown, people open up their doors to the public. This is a street fair that took a long time to put together and this is the proper venue for it.”


News

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.

Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.

 

It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


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Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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