Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:15
Aris Papangelopoulos will expand his business to 188 Herricks Rd. in Mineola after getting approval from the Mineola Board of Trustees recently. The 15-year mechanic says his current shop on Broadway in Garden City Park is too small.
“I’ve outgrown the space that I’m renting right now,” he said at a recent public hearing. “I need a special use permit before I buy [188 Herricks Rd.].”
Papangelopoulos’ current location can hold four cars, while the new spot can handle 10-12. He also plans to build four car lifts in the new spot and house additional vehicles.
“You won’t be keeping an inventory of a lot of stuff, correct?,” trustee Dennis Walsh said.
Papangelopoulos said he would not buy or sell used cars on the property and not keep an inventory of miscellaneous products. He also said he will not have a paint booth in the shop, which one resident hoped for.
“There are backyards for homes there ,” Marino Rovita said. “We’re concerned with noise and air pollution. We already have two mechanics down there. We can smell paint and fumes.”
Papangelopoulos said he will recycle oil in a waste oil heater at the site and plans to install “green” LED exterior lights on the building, which will be fitted with motion sensors.
“We’re strictly a repair shop,” he said. “The lighting is all solar-powered on the outside of the building. If there’s any activity at night, the lights will go on.”
Operating hours would be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Residents want assurance that you’re not going to negatively impact their lives anymore than they already are,” Mayor Scott Strauss said.
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.