Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 30 May 2014 00:00
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.”
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.