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Spring Is Here

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the residents who voted in this year’s election. While the positions open for election were unopposed, the fact that individuals came out to vote demonstrates a dedication to the governance of the village.

 

I offer our condolences to the Sinone family on their sudden loss of John Sinone, former associate justice of the Williston Park village justice court. John served the village well in this capacity for eight years.

 

It appears that spring has finally arrived in this great Village of Williston Park. Grass is beginning to sprout, leaf buds are forming and in some cases opening while residents are sprucing up their properties in anticipation of the milder weather which will be moving into the area during the next few weeks.

 

With this spring weather upon us, the road project has resumed and is in full swing. The project should move along quickly, barring unforeseen extended poor weather conditions. Village employees have begun “spring clean-up” in earnest.

 

Pothole repairs have been ongoing, and limited concrete work has begun. Landscaping crews have been cleaning and restoring much of our “green space” including the Little League field at Kelleher Park.

 

Work is expected to begin on the front of the Village Hall. The steps are being replaced as a result of their deteriorated condition. At the same time, the front of the building will be sealed with a waterproofing system to eliminate water seeping into our library.

 

The village staff will be moving operations to the pool facility in the near future in order to begin the necessary work to ensure that the pool is ready to swing into full operation in June. I suggest that residents sign up early for membership in order to enjoy the benefits of the “early bird special.” The Village Green will be sent out in a couple of weeks which will include membership applications.

 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and my family, we wish all a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter.


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

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.


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


Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com