Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00
Food and fashion strutted its stuff on Thursday, Nov. 14 with “Taste and Style in Mineola,” at Jericho Terrace. The biennial Mineola Chamber of Commerce event showcased local restaurant and clothing shops, benefiting local charities and organizations.
In 2001, the chamber dedicated two nights to taste and style with “Taste of Mineola” and “Mineola In Style.” Chamber reps decided to split the two in 2005, holding each event every other year.
“Considering it’s just a Mineola-based event, this is a great turnout,” Chamber Vice President Tony Lubrano said. “The restaurants and fashion show kind of sell themselves. All of the restaurants ask when it is. They want to be here.”
The difference between “Taste and Style” and other chamber events like “Night on the Town,” recently held in May, is that the former is exclusive to local restaurants and businesses while the latter is open to all merchants. Though both
events shine spotlights on Mineola, Lubrano recognizes that this event hits home in a different way.
“You walk around here, you know everyone in the room,” he said. “Keep your money in your town because your town supports you.”
The fashion show started with Designing Dreams and Robert’s Mens Store. Tsontos Furs, Max’s Bridals and Bona Venture Tuxedos also unveiled parts of their clothing lines.
“Whatever money we raise here stays in Mineola. That’s what matters,” Willis Hobbies owner Steve Ford said. He held weekly planning meetings at his store on Willis Avenue leading up to the event.
The fashion show will started with Designing Dreams and Robert’s Mens Store. Tsontos Furs, Max’s Bridals and Bona Venture Tuxedos also showcased clothing lines.
“It’s a great evening and the turnout was better than expected,” Chamber President and Tsontos Furs owner Bill Greene said. “I think it shows what Mineola is all about. Restaurants were very supportive...all the local businesses.”
Mayor Scott Strauss served as one of the tuxedo models.
“This event was great...well attended,” he said. “Seeing Mineola come out and support the chamber of commerce is nice. It gets better every year.”
Local restaurants that participated included Eric’s Italian Bistro, Polito Bakery, Sangria 71, Forvets Chocolates, Piccola Bussola, Cugini’s, Churrasqueira Bairrada, Heart of Portugal, Vinoco, Uncle Bacalas, Jonathans, among others.
The proceeds of the event will benefit Mineola-based organizations including but not limited to the Friends of Mineola Library, Mineola Athletic Association, Mineola Auxiliary Police, Mineola Fire Department, MVAC, Mineola VFW, Mineola American Legion and Harbor Child Care.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
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.