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Letter: ‘Going Sign’ Needs To Go

I have been a business owner in Mineola for 40-plus years and want to say how much I like the new research center Winthrop is building on the corner of 2nd Street and Mineola Boulevard.  It brings a bright modern look to the entire downtown area; kudos to Winthrop.  For us old-timers that can remember, it’s a big improvement from the Bohack

Supermarket that was once on that site.

 

I was driving north on the Mineola Boulevard Bridge the other day and I was looking forward to seeing the view of the new building as people will see it as they enter Mineola from the south.  It was then that I noticed the old “Going Sign” on top of the building in front of the new structure, partially blocking the view of the new structure.

 

I remember the “Going Sign” was there when I first got to Mineola, in 1972, and was probably there long before that.   At that time it was bright white and red with the wonderful words, “Welcome to Mineola” in big neon lights and had a clock that showed everyone the time.  It was majestic.

 

Unfortunately it has suffered with time and the “Going Sign” is no longer what it was.  It’s a sad mess now, no longer saying “Welcome to Mineola” and the clock has no hands. 

Aside from its own malaise, it is now blocking the full view of the new way we are welcoming people to Mineola, with Winthrop’s beautiful new building.

 

Can the village get it taken down?  I think it’s finally time for the “Going Sign” to go.

 

Peter Gollobin


News

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.


Sports

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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