Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:00
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.”
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.
“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”
Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00
A bunch of fruit in a bowl may not be that exciting to look at, that is unless you’re looking at them from Nancy Colleary’s point of view. Through her still life paintings, the she explores shadows, colors and light to make the most ordinary objects appear beautiful.
From her in-home studio, she continues to hold classes and work on her own projects, which includes paintings that are on display at Walk Street in Garden City and Chef’s Corner in Mineola.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Michael Patalano of Andrews Road was named one two captains on the Kellenberg Memorial High School varsity football team recently. He played for the Mineola Chiefs for five years, which prepared him for football at the next level. He has three younger sisters. Two of them play sports for the Mineola Mustangs.