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Firefighters Need New Truck

The Mineola Fire Department is looking to replace its Company Two engine, Truck 168. The truck is 25 years old, consisting of an articulating boom and bucket.


A new truck would cost upwards of $1 million, fire reps said.


“The current truck has served the village well for many years, but is in need of replacement,” Chief of Department Jeff Clark said.


A truck committee made up of Company 2 firefighters have held numerous meetings since 2012, discussing the purchase of a new truck.  Fire officials estimated the truck could cost nearly $1 million.


“The new truck’s driving ability is much smoother than our current truck,” Company 2 Chief Mathew Sanderleaf, who managed the committee, said. “It’ll increase our response team.”


Committee chair Don Franz said the new truck would be four feet shorter in length. 


“It’s going to be much shorter than the old one,” he said. “The old one is 12 feet high. The new one will be 10 feet, 10 inches. It can fit in any bay in the firehouse. The other one has issues.” 


Fire officials concluded the new truck would need to be shorter in length than the current vehicle to navigate Mineola streets quickly, but large enough to support aerial operations. The committee finalized its choice down to a 75-foot, mid-mount aerial bucket truck.


“The specs [of the truck] are ready to go out to bid,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “Thank you for your duties on this project.”


The proposed truck can carry eight firefighters. Clark said much of the equipment from Truck 168 will stock the new vehicle.


“A great deal of time and thoughtful investigation has gone into this [new] vehicle and we ask for [the board of trustees’] support.”


Clark stated Truck 168 has mobility issues, due to its size and entering smaller streets in Mineola prove difficult.


“We constantly have issues with the bucket itself,” Clark said. “Getting it setup where it works without flaw proves time consuming.”


Citing an increase in street parking since Truck 168 was put on the street, Clark said the department is in the process of “reevaluating itself to ensure that we’re always ready to protect residents and their property.”


“The current apparatus, once it’s set up and you move to a specific spot, like a window, when make that reach, it’s not easily moved to another location,” Clark said. “[The new truck], you can go to different spots with greater ease.”


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).


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.


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