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Mineola Must Repay Retiree Premiums

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 07 May 2014 00:00

The Village of Mineola has been ordered by the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to repay medical insurance costs deducted from retired employees after August 2011, according to documents reviewed by the Mineola American. The village must continue to pay the full cost of retirees health benefits until it can negotiate a different contract with the union.  


The ruling from Administrative Law Judge Angela Blassman marks the second adjudicated dispute between the village and its employees union over health benefit contributions. Workers lost the first argument. Dissatisfaction over that loss contributed to a break with the Teamsters Union, which

had represented village employees for more than 20 years, in favor of the United Public Service Employees Union (UPSEU). 


Foresto’s Has Your Social Event Covered

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 03 May 2014 00:00

Family-owned community shops are a rare sight these days with Targets and Costcos dominating shopping centers. But with Foresto Tuxedo on Willis Avenue, you’ll get an experience that’s been available for 74 years in Mineola.


“It’s an honor to be able to compete with the big box stores and do good business,” owner Dominick Foresto said. “We give quality products and services; carry all the latest styles and we carry a lot that’s made in the United States.”


Foresto’s parents, Michael and Nancy, started the business in 1940 and it has remained in Mineola ever since. At one point, the empire had five locations.


Mineola School Budget Set For Vote

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00

The Mineola School District adopted its 2014-15 budget last week. It will be put up for vote on May 20.


The budget tops off at $87.8 million, a 1.92 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget, which was $86.1 million when it was certified last May. The adopted budget also includes a 1.46 percent increase in the tax levy, the maximum allowed by the state. The 2014-15 levy sits at $79 million.


The budget includes all current educational and co-curricular programs, athletic programs and extra-curricular activities.


Noodle Shop Fryers Feel The Heat

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

Mineola village officials are preparing to discipline two individuals that allegedly torched an upstairs apartment above Wong’s Noodle House on Mineola Boulevard. The fire was sparked by unsanctioned plumbing work, according to village reps.


Arcadio Matias, superintendent of the building, which is owned by of 104 2nd Avenue LLC., and plumber Puello Vasquez, were issued summonses and could not be reached for comment. The two are expected to be arraigned in village court some time in May. The

village is still trying to identify the owner/owners, who did not have a permit for the work that authorities say set the blaze.


inBloom Withers

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

In the wake of inBloom closing up shop, security issues and redundancy are what local parents, school administrators and elected officials are pointing to concerning the company’s downfall. Parents were up in arms of the development during past town hall forums in Mineola.


The company served as a nonprofit organization that planned to mine student testing data and personal information. The thought of a national database chronicling student addresses, birthplaces, economic status, race, ethnicity and disabilities frightened Mineola parent Mary Goodfellow.


Walgreens Looks To Move Across Jericho Turnpike

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 26 April 2014 00:00


Walgreens is looking to relocate its current digs south of Jericho Turnpike. But you won’t have to look very far.


The convenience store/pharmacy giant plans to move into 12 E. Jericho Tpke., former home of the Entenmann’s Bakery Outlet. The current store is set up southwest of the proposed location on Jericho Turnpike and Roslyn Road. A CVS pharmacy currently resides a stone’s throw from the new spot.


“I don’t understand why they would move,” said Walgreens customer Dotty Billinger. “They are going to be too close to each other.”


Pops Concert Aids Disabled Vet

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00

Humbled and grateful is what Sgt. Carl Duda felt after “A Tribute to the American Spirit” on Sunday, April 13 at Chaminade High School in Mineola. The concert honored him, along with two other disabled veterans, playing patriotic classics dedicated to those who fought for the United States military. 


“I got the tank chair,” he said. “Each tread is about eight inches wider than a track chair. It has headlights on it. It’s just amazing. It dwarfs the first model. It does everything for me except cast a reel. I love to go fishing.”


The concert collected $20,000 for the Independence Fund, which raises money to purchase hi-tech wheelchairs for disabled veterans. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who brought the fund into the national spotlight after The O’Reilly Factor ran a story with a war veteran, co-sponsored the event.


Night On The Town Aiming High

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Night On The Town has been a fixture in Mineola, honoring community pillars and charities with a evening of great food and fun. This year, event reps have a new goal in mind for the May 7 event at Jericho Terrace: 1,000 attendees and $100,000 raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the night’s yearly beneficiary. The event raised $72,500 last year.


“If you want to buy a ticket or write a check, you don’t make it out to no one else other than the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said event coordinator and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano. “All of the money goes straight to them.”


Hornberger Ends Solid Run

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

After two terms on the Mineola School Board and six years of service to the district, trustee William Hornberger will not seek re-election in May, he confirmed last week. 

“After six years of volunteering, I believe the district is on solid ground financially and moving in the right direction educationally,” he said. “I think it’s time for other members of the community to bring their ideas and vision to the board of education. It’s time to move onto the next chapter.”


Hornberger was first elected to the board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, serving as board president and vice president in that span. The Williston Park resident oversaw the reconfiguration of the district which included the closing of the Cross Street and Willis

Avenue schools, one of the more challenging times in the district’s history. Those two schools have since been leased out to Solomon Schechter Day School and Harbor Child Care, respectively.


Police Report

Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00

Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested

Nassau County Robbery Squad detectives arrested two men in connection with a bank robbery that occurred on April 7 at 2:17 p.m. in Mineola.


According to detectives, Nathaniel Kelly, 60, of Amityville, waited outside in a car while Lee Harrison, 40, of, Amityville, entered TD Bank on Jericho Turnpike and produced a demand note to a teller, making several demands for cash. He fled the bank in an unknown direction after obtaining the funds. 


Police said Harrison was wearing a brown hoodie, baseball cap and sunglasses.


Kelly and Harrison were charged with second-degree robbery.


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