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Bandshell Bid Revealed

The Village of Mineola selected Jackson Avenue-based Valente Contracting to handle the majority of the revamp of Memorial Park, starting with the construction of a bandshell at the southern part of the property. Valente’s $1.55 million bid was the lowest of four sent to the village. Bids were due May 16.

 

“In essence, we’re redoing the whole park, with the exception of our tennis courts and existing playground facilities,” Village Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini said. “The tennis courts will be looked at separately. It’ll be either immediately in the future or some time later.”

 

The bandshell would be built near the Mineola Memorial Library and stand 22 feet high at its peak.  Valente will also repave paths in the park.

 

“We were looking at two different methods for the pathways,” said Rini. “One would’ve be an asphalt pathway with a brick-paved border. But then we also looked at what would be the cost of a full brick-paved walkways on a concrete base.”

 

The bandshell roof could consist of steel, shingles or other materials, according to Rini. Valente did not return calls for comment.

 

Lighting will be installed for security, according to Mineola officials. The stage itself would be raised four feet to combat any weather issues.

 

The village is still in planning stages of repairing park tennis courts and the playground as well as a new gazebo. The previous structure was torn down shortly after Hurricane Irene in 2011. Mineola is planning to build the gazebo on the northeast corner of the park near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Marcellus Road, officials said.

 

“[The project] has grown from a simple gazebo to a complete revitalization of the park,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “This is going to be fantastic when it’s done.”

 

Rini estimated work would begin during the village’s Summer Concert Series in August, a Mineola tradition featuring the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra. The July Fireworks and concert show will take place at Memorial Park, with the August concert possibly held at Wilson Park.

 

“We’re going to revitalize other areas of this village,”  Strauss said. “This is not the only thing that’s going to be happening. There’s other projects we have coming down the pike that’s going to make this village better without raising taxes.”


News

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.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


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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