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.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.