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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

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.

Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. 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 Cheung of Great Neck.

 

“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”


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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