Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00
Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.
Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00
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.