Written by Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.