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Letter: Not Such A Big Deal

Let’s take Jericho east to west and see what is open nighttime: A Dunkin’ Donuts, Stop 24, CVS Pharmacy, the station and store at Jericho and Roslyn Road, 7-Eleven at Mineola Boulevard, and the station and store at Herricks. This is not counting Starbucks on Glen Cove Road and another 7-Eleven at Westbury Avenue. One can get anything day and night close by.

 

Mr. Harry Singh wants to build a Bolla Market on Jericho Turnpike near residential homes and says that due to New York State high gas taxes, he needs the store to be 24 hours. This is an empty argument. The gas profit margin is the same as in other states.

 

Traffic is not an issue. It is the same whether it goes here or there. As to another issue, I see nothing wrong with residential neighborhood solitude.

 

What I see as troublesome is that Mr. Singh has 85 stations and many with stores. If he opens a new one, with what he has, he can afford to operate it for quite some time with lower prices and at a deficit which could destroy the present established businesses. Many of these businesses have existed a long time and have top priority. Except for the chains such as Dunkin’ Donuts, CVS and 7-Eleven, they are vulnerable. Don’t allow that they be destroyed. Having another station and store is not a life and death issue.

 

Charles Samek

 

Mineola resident


News

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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