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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.”


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.”

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.


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.

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. 


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