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Sign Talks Get Going

Station Plaza Diner owner Nick Liakonis indicated he has submitted a lease proposal to Winthrop-University Hospital on Dec. 4 concerning the revamp and reconstruction of the “Welcome To Mineola” sign that sits atop his building at the

Mineola Long Island Rail Road Station. He said hospital reps asked in mid-September that he begin to draw up plans.

 

The location of the sign offers good exposure for the hospital if Winthrop secures the roof for rent and renovation. Winthrop is currently constructing a new $80-million, 95,000-square-foot diabetes research facility directly north of the sign, at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street, and expressed interest in the sign two months ago. 

 

“We’re still looking into where we’re going to go with it,” said Winthrop Marketing Director Frank Adamo. He would not comment further on the developments.

 

Liakonis spoke to reps last week. He would not discuss details of the lease, and whether his proposal matches Winthrop’s vision is still unknown.

 

“Nothing is definite at this point,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.” 

 

Liakonis bought the building in 2000 and opened the diner, which was previously located around the corner in the plaza just north of the current store.

 

“I think everything is going according to plan on both sides,” he said. “They care as much as I care. These things take time.” 

 

Liakonis would not divulge what could replace the sign if the lease and reconstruction is approved. The plan could modernize the sign with a digital display, maintain the old sign’s classic character or somehow combine old and new.

 

The sign was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and the “Mineola” portion is gone. Combining the popular train station with modern amenities and the vintage clock that currently sits south of the diner, merging old and new styles in a revamped sign could satisfy commuters and passersby. 

 

“We don’t know yet,” said Liakonis. “So far, there’s nothing we can discuss. I submitted a plan and we hope it’s solid. The sign needs to be nice for everyone.”

 

If the hospital does take a lease on the roof, any plans for renovation would have to be approved by the Mineola Village Board. Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss hasn’t heard anything from either party.

 

“We’re willing to work with whoever the sign [renter] ends up being,” Strauss said. “I haven’t seen any drawings or anything like that, but we’ll make sure that it’s suitable for the village.”

 

The sign was built in 1940 by the Going Sign Company, previously located at Station Plaza North before relocating to Plainview in 1974. 

News

Night On The Town has been a fixture in Mineola, honoring community pillars and charities with a evening of great food and fun. This year, event reps have a new goal in mind for the May 7 event at Jericho Terrace: 1,000 attendees and $100,000 raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the night’s yearly beneficiary. The event raised $72,500 last year.

 

“If you want to buy a ticket or write a check, you don’t make it out to no one else other than the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said event coordinator and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano. “All of the money goes straight to them.”

After two terms on the Mineola School Board and six years of service to the district, trustee William Hornberger will not seek re-election in May, he confirmed last week. 

“After six years of volunteering, I believe the district is on solid ground financially and moving in the right direction educationally,” he said. “I think it’s time for other members of the community to bring their ideas and vision to the board of education. It’s time to move onto the next chapter.”

 

Hornberger was first elected to the board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, serving as board president and vice president in that span. The Williston Park resident oversaw the reconfiguration of the district which included the closing of the Cross Street and Willis

Avenue schools, one of the more challenging times in the district’s history. Those two schools have since been leased out to Solomon Schechter Day School and Harbor Child Care, respectively.


Sports

Mineola FC Clips Red Wings

Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy’s defending held the Smithtown Red Wings in check the entire game as the BU10 Mineola FC team advanced to the Long Island Cup quarterfinal round with a 2-0 victory on Saturday, April 12. Liam Russelman scored first for

Mineola, taking a ball from the left sideline and cutting in along the top of the Smithtown box, where he launched a shot into the left corner of the RedWings goal.

 

The 1-0 lead lasted for most of the game, until Liam Going sidestepped three Red Wings defenders, drove to the net and slid a hard shot into the back of the net. Mineola improved to 4-0 in all competitions with the win.

Jimmy Regan was a perfect man in that he put others before himself and made sacrifices—both for his country and in ultimately his life as an Army Ranger. Chaminade High School lacrosse star Jack Brennan, who grew up knowing Regan and who now plays for his alma mater, would be the first to admit that he is not a perfect man, but did put on a perfect performance this past Saturday night on the lacrosse field, scoring a hat trick in a 10-5 win against the Manhasset Indians and giving the Flyers the overall edge 4-3 in the annual charity game held in Regan’s name.

 

“I didn’t really do much, it was just a lot of feeds on the crease and I just finished and I got lucky,” Brennan said of his on-field performance, especially considering the significant amount of playing time as a junior on the team.


Calendar

Cabaret Night - April 25

Buffet Dinner - April 25

Baseball Fundraiser - April 29 


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