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Fire Heroics On Willis Avenue

The horrific fire that took place on Willis Avenue had the potential of being much more destructive than it was. Five stores were destroyed in the catastrophe, yet due to the heroic efforts demonstrated by both the Williston Park firemen and the members of the surrounding districts the fire was contained and controlled within the confines of five buildings. Without the expertise and firematic efforts, the fire could have easily spread both in the business district and the residential area. The fire, which began around 2:45 a.m., which was brought under control fairly rapidly, continued to smolder and burn well into the daylight hours.

Remarkably, it is my understanding that there was only a minor injury to one firefighter. The intensity of the fire coupled with the magnitude of the blaze could have easily led to a number of injuries.

Chief Gary Smithing and Assistant Chief Rich Sais oversaw the operation from beginning to end. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the residents of Williston Park, I thank all those firemen who were involved in this event. 

While the firemen dealt with the actual fire, a number of individuals working at the scene were instrumental in ensuring, as best as possible, that the area remained as safe as possible. Public Works Superintendent Keith Bunnell was on scene and at the water plant to monitor water flow/water pressure. His work crews assisted whenever needed during the course of the day.

 

Bunnell remained on site well into the evening hours. Building Inspector Kerry Collins was on the scene early and remained at the site well past 11 p.m. to ensure that the area was made as safe as possible in view of the dangerous conditions created by the fire.

 

Thanks go out to residents and business owners who provided support during the fire and after. Hacks Deli, Gino’ Pizzeria and Sangria 71 provided food and water to those working the fire.

 

This event has greatly impacted five business and four property owners. The village has been working with all in hopes of allowing these business owners to move forward as quickly as possible.

 

A disaster of this type will take time to return the area to a normal state but the village will provide direction and assistance whenever possible.

 

I would like to thank all the residents who live on or around Stratford Avenue and Princeton Street for their understanding and patience during the extended road repaving of these roads. The project is mostly complete.

 

The contractor is now required to correct any deficiencies as listed in a  village “punch list.” It is hoped that this work will happen quickly although sod/grass planting needs to wait until cooler weather.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and as always, I ask all to drive safely.


News

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.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

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. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

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.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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