Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:00
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.”
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.