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Mayors Award Winner Announced

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner announced last week that this year’s recipient of the annual Mayors Award will be building inspector Robert Campagna.

 

“It was an unexpected surprise and honor when Mayor Tanner told me that I was being given this award,” Campagna said. “The mayor and village board have been very supportive, allowing me the ability to practice in a professional but fair manner.”

 

Campagnas has lived in East Williston for 30 years, holding the Building Inspector title for nearly 20 of them. He earned a BA in architecture in 1977, and has been a licensed architect for 35 years, specializing in residential alterations and additions.

 

According to Campagna, one of the greatest honors of his career was when then-mayor Nancy Zolezzi, and Tanner, who was a trustee at the time, asked Campagna to assist in doing a master plan for East Williston.  

 

“What resulted was the expansion of the Village Hall, dedicated October 2010, increasing needed space for the library and village office, as well as bringing the building into compliance with handicapped accessibility,” Campagna said.

 

A ceremony will be held on Monday, May 26, where Campagna will receive the award on the Village Green.  He will attend with his wife Vivian of 41 years and three children, Michael, Matthew and Elise.

News

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.

Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.

 

It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


Columns

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