Winthrop-University Hospital unveiled its new, updated “Welcome To Mineola” sign above the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station last week, culminating in the restoration of a Mineola mainstay wrought with structural issues for some time. The sign had been up since August, but its clock was not functioning until recently, officials said.
“We thought it was important to preserve a piece of history in Mineola and also solidify the bond between [the hospital] and the Village of Mineola,” Winthrop President and CEO John Collins said.
The hospital expressed interested in the sign last September. It sits just north of Winthrop’s nearly finished $80-million, 95,000-square foot research facility, at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street.
The gatehouses that sit along the north side of Old Country Road from Berkley Road to Weybridge Road were once considered an aesthetically-pleasing feature of the east end of Mineola. But after an ambulance crashed into one recently and wear and tear due to time and weather, the structures became an issue, one that dates back two Mineola Village Board administrations.
“A couple of them are hazards, certainly the one that was hit,” Mayor Scott Strauss said.
In 2010, Mineola, under then-Mayor Jack Martins, was seeking volunteers to renovate the gatehouses.
Winthrop-University Hospital’s division of cardiology annouced that Mineola reisdent Vijayapraveena Paruchuri as director of the center for adult congenital heart disease. Dr. Paruchuri resides in Mineola.
“Dr. Paruchuri is a welcome addition to the Winthrop team,” said Kevin Marzo, MD, chief of the division of cardiology at Winthrop. “Due to medical breakthroughs and progress in treatment, children born with congenital heart defects are living longer and reaching adulthood. Dr. Paruchuri’s care can make all the difference to these adults.”
It’s “full speed ahead” for Dave Daly as the PSEG LI president works to make the utility “world class.”
Several initiatives that PSEG LI has undertaken since taking over from LIPA on Jan. 1, are ahead of schedule and Daly, who became president in November, is confident many more can come in ahead of plan. The 22 measures he describes include enhancing the utility’s financial position, its customer service and, perhaps most of all, the reliability of its service.
Daly laid out his plans in a nearly two hour discussion with editors at Anton Community Newspapers’ headquarters in Mineola.
Two men and one woman, including a Mineola resident, were arrested on Sunday, Aug. 24 in connection with drug possession, theft and harassment, on Aug. 11 at 8 p.m., Nassau County police announced.
Mineola Street Fair coordinators are canvassing the downtown area to enlist local businesses for the fourth annual Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event on Saturday, Sept. 14 at noon, with an Oct. 5 rain date. Opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m.
“We’ve been walking the streets trying to get more businesses involved,” Chamber vice president and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano said. “It’s the same struggle every year but at the end, it all comes together.”
In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.
East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.
Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.
Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.
Owners of five businesses razed by a major fire last month have until Aug. 27 to fill in open ground or present a plan of action, Village of Williston Park reps announced last week.
“We’re moving forward and its going to be a while before things get back to normal,” Mayor Paul Ehrbar said. “I want to compliment our firemen and the surrounding communities who provided additional fire support.”
Village Attorney James A. Bradley revealed property owners had 10 days to reply to orders issued by village Building Inspector Kerry Collins on Aug. 13. If they don’t, Williston Park can convene a special hearing to determine whether the board should issue an order to correct any deficiencies found on the property.
Mill Creek Residential, a multifamily apartment developer, announced last week that Hudson House, an age and income exclusive 36-apartment community, located at 104 Front St. in Mineola is open for occupancy. Senior affordable homes are eligible for applicants 55 years of age or older and households earning at or below 80 percent of the area median income for Nassau and Suffolk counties, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Hudson House has received 16 applications so far, according to Mill Creek Vice President Jamie Stover.
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