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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. 


Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested

Nassau County Robbery Squad detectives arrested two men in connection with a bank robbery that occurred on April 7 at 2:17 p.m. in Mineola.

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.


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.


Village Meeting - April 16

Zoning Board Meeting - April 17

Egg Hunts and Fun Fairs - April 19


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