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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

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

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.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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