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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

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


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Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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