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A Pair Of Pauls Entrusted With Two More Years

New Line Party member Paul Pereira and Hometown Party mainstay Paul Cusato may be from different sides, but the two were clearly of the same mind last Tuesday, March 18 on Election Day. The two incumbents were unopposed in the at-large election for two open seats on the board for a third consecutive election cycle.

 

Pereira and Cusato garnered 306 and 275 votes respectively. Village Justice John O’Shea also ran without a challenger as the top vote-getter with 336 tallies.

 

“I think tonight demonstrates just that we’re breaking bread together, we’re working together. There really isn’t teams here,” Pereira said at Heart of Portugal last week. 

 

Contested elections in Mineola grab at least 1,500 voters in past years. Turnout was low this year and Cusato pointed to two sides of that issue.

 

“It’s a double-edged sword,” Cusato stated. “You can say people are happy with how the village is going and don’t vote, or maybe people don’t know an election is going on and they forgot to vote.”

 

The two are looking forward to continuing projects currently in pre-production phases and tackling new ones. Mineola is planning to revamp Memorial Park. The village purchased a bandshell 73-feet wide and 38-feet deep last month.

 

“The renovations are going to create a new park,” Cusato said. “New pathways, new lighting, refurbishing the tennis courts.”

 

Mineola will also build a new gazebo on the northeast corner of the park near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Marcellus Road. The previous one was damaged by Hurricane Irene and demolished. Repairing park tennis courts is also planned, but is still in an early phase.

 

“We’d also like to see [our athletic] fields improved, possible field turfing and the park come to fruition,” Pereira said. “Paul and I have coached a great deal and we always seemed our facilities like our pool, parks and fields need care. We also need to look at infrastructure like curbs, paving, our water wells. Those things go without saying.”


News

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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