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Bandshell Contract Awarded

The Village of Mineola announced that it purchased a bandshell 73-feet wide and 38-feet deep last week. The bandshell is part of the ongoing revamp of Memorial Park, which is set for significant upgrades in 2014.

 

Built by Michigan-based Porter Corporation, the bandshell cost $78,185 and will be paid for by development incentive bonus funding, which consists of monies Mineola has received from other projects.

 

The bandshell would be built on the south end of the park near the Mineola Memorial Library and stand 22 feet high at its peak. Lighting will be installed for security, according to officials.

 

“This is the first physical piece that we’re going to see come in,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “We’re hoping it gets here quick.”

 

The stage itself would be raised four feet to combat any weather issues. Most of the walkways and light fixtures throughout Memorial Park will be replaced as part of the renovation project.

 

“This is in addition to the site work that was already done,” Village Clerk Joseph Scalero said. “We’ve already done the engineering work, the preparation for the actual structure.”

 

Mineola will also build a new gazebo. The previous structure was torn down shortly after Hurricane Irene in 2011.

 

The village is planning to build the gazebo on the northeast corner of the park near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Marcellus Road, officials said. Repairing park tennis courts is also planned, but  is still in an early phase, according to village officials.

 

The stage would need to be large enough to hold big band concerts like the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, which performs at the park twice per year. However, Mayor Scott Strauss said he would like to see a stage that’s also intimate in size for smaller productions.

 

“We’re not looking to make it overly big,” Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini said at a recent village meeting. “The Nassau Pops is a group that utilizes it, but if we have smaller groups, they could get lost in something large. This would fit the park really well.”


News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


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