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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

Road improvement and storm preparation dominated the discussion of the Village of Mineola’s preliminary 2014-15 budget released last week. The proposed budget totals $19.33 million, a 1.38 percent increase from last year.

The tentative budget also represents a .34 percent tax increase from last year, when Mineola’s tax bump was .74 percent.

 

The village has budgeted almost $1 million for road and curb upgrades, Mayor Scott Strauss estimated. The road maintenance line in the budget received an $80,000 to increase to $580,000.

An April 7 fire in a second-floor apartment at 98 Mineola Blvd.—which also houses Wong’s Noodle House—was sparked by unsanctioned plumbing work, Mineola officials revealed last week.

 

According to Village Building Superintendent Dan Whalen, the building owner, 104 Mineola Blvd. LLC, did not have the required permits to do plumbing work on file. Arcadio Matias, superintendent of the building, could not be reached for comment. The building department is notifying Matias and his workers, both of who will appear before the village court some time in May.

 

The Mineola Fire Department received the call at noon and rushed to the scene. “The fire didn’t spread far,” MFD Chief Jeff Clark said. “Luckily no one was hurt.”


Sports

FC Mineola Wins Two

The BU10 FC Mineola opened league play with 3-0 win over the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Sonic on April 3. Mineola was led by Liam Going (two goals and an assist). The first goal came off a beautiful cross from Liam Russelman that Going sent to the back of the net.  Fifteen minutes later the Liam to Liam connection struck again when Russelman found Going open at the top of the box for another shot and score by the talented Mineola player.

 

Mineola’s final goal came midway through the second half as Gregory Kenney redirected a good cross past the Hewlett goalie. The back line of Peter Murphy, Luke Sommese and Brent Muessig controlled the defensive end of the field limiting the number of shots Hewlett took on goal and the few that made it through were gobbled up by keeper Andrew Pizzardi. Brian Heckelman, Phil Macchietto and James Teadore all contributed with stellar play at the midfield position.

Marissa Cotroneo

Senior Captain Marissa Cotroneo excelled at the Paul Limmer Invitation on Saturday, April 5, held at Mepham High School.  Cotroneo placed first overall in the 1500 meters in one of the most exciting, come from behind victories of the season.


Calendar

Village Meeting - April 16

Zoning Board Meeting - April 17

Egg Hunts and Fun Fairs - April 19


Columns

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