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Smooth Budget Ride

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00

Road improvement and storm preparation dominated the discussion of the Village of Mineola’s preliminary 2014-15 budget released last week. The proposed budget totals $19.33 million, a 1.38 percent increase from last year.

The tentative budget also represents a .34 percent tax increase from last year, when Mineola’s tax bump was .74 percent.


The village has budgeted almost $1 million for road and curb upgrades, Mayor Scott Strauss estimated. The road maintenance line in the budget received an $80,000 to increase to $580,000.


Illegal Plumbing Fries Wong’s Noodles

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

An April 7 fire in a second-floor apartment at 98 Mineola Blvd.—which also houses Wong’s Noodle House—was sparked by unsanctioned plumbing work, Mineola officials revealed last week.


According to Village Building Superintendent Dan Whalen, the building owner, 104 Mineola Blvd. LLC, did not have the required permits to do plumbing work on file. Arcadio Matias, superintendent of the building, could not be reached for comment. The building department is notifying Matias and his workers, both of who will appear before the village court some time in May.


The Mineola Fire Department received the call at noon and rushed to the scene. “The fire didn’t spread far,” MFD Chief Jeff Clark said. “Luckily no one was hurt.”


Two More Years For The Two Pauls

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

The trusted “Two Pauls” were locked in for another two years as the Village of Mineola held its Organization Night on Monday, April 7. Local officials swore in Paul Pereira and Paul Cusato, as well as Village Justice John P. O’Shea and acting village justice Jackie Carway. 


The event took place at the Village Hall Community Center, with Senator Jack Martins, Nassau County Court Judge Scott Fairgrieve, Village Attorney John Spellman and Mayor Scott Strauss accepting/hearing/give the oaths.


O’Shea takes over for Richard O’Callaghan, who recently retired, as village justice. Mineola resident Jackie Carway was tapped to serve as acting village justice, in the event O’Shea is unavailable. Trustees George Durham, Dennis Walsh and Mayor Scott. The three will be up for re-election next year.


Gypsy Wows Audiences At Wheatley

Written by Sheri ArbitalJacoby Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:00

The Wheatley Theater Company wowed audiences with four spectacular performances of Gypsy on March 27 through 29.


Loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy spotlights Lee’s mother, Rose, the ultimate stage mom. The musical presents an affectionate look at the hardships of life behind the curtain while chronicling Rose’s dreams and struggles as she raises her two daughters, June and Louise, to perform onstage.


Haber Takes On Martins

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

Calling it one the most closely watched state senate races in New York, Mineola business man Adam Haber officially announced his candidacy for the Seventh District last Thursday at an enthusiastic gathering at the VFW Hall in Albertson.

Before outlining his agenda, Haber briefly thanked his father, a former losing candidate for a school board seat as “[laying] the groundwork” for his desire to enter politics. Haber then listed four main planks to his candidacy.


The first was taxes, as he said that Nassau County remains one of the highest taxed counties in New York, “if not the country.”


Haber declared education to be a key plank to his platform. Although public schools on the North Shore are generally high performing, Haber said that there were schools in the Seventh District that need help. Later, on the topic of the moment, the Common Core curriculum, Haber said he could not support it “as it stands now.” Still, he believes such standards can be a positive good. 


Island Harvest, Mets Strike Out Hunger

Written by Mineola American Staff Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

The New York Mets are once again stepping up to the plate to help end hunger on Long Island with Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank. The team takes on the St. Louis Cardinals in the annual Home Run to End Hunger event at Citi Field on Monday, April 21 at 5:40 p.m.


Seviroli Foods of Garden City is being honored at this year’s event, in recognition of the company’s long-standing partnership with Island Harvest and continued commitment to addressing the critical issue of hunger in our communities. A family-owned business, 

Seviroli has been creating quality pasta products for more than 50 years and is the largest frozen tortellini manufacturer in the U.S.


The Home Run to End Hunger presents a unique opportunity for baseball fans to enjoy the game from a private suite while contributing to Island Harvest’s hunger relief efforts.


Mineola Schools Get Aid Hike

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

The Mineola School District will see more than $5.8 million in New York State aid after the State Legislature ratified its operating budget on April 1. The hike represents a 11.22 percent increase from last year. Senator Jack Martins released the figures in the wee hours of the budget approval.


“This investment of over $5.8 million in the Mineola School District will help the district educate children while easing the burden on local taxpayers,” said Senator Martins. “I am pleased the state budget delivers this important funding to Mineola’s students and taxpayers.”


DaVanzo Laid To Rest

Saturday, 05 April 2014 00:00

John DaVanzo, 92, was laid to rest on Tuesday, March 25. He passed away on Friday, March 21. DaVanzo was 92.


DaVanzo graduated from Mineola High School in 1939 and was all-varsity in football, basketball, baseball and track. He attended Hofstra University, but left early because he was drafted to fight in World War II.


DaVanzo served as a village trustee from 1955 to 1965 and 2005 to 2007, deputy mayor for five years from 1955-1960, North Hempstead town councilman from 1965-1974 and town clerk from 1974-1991.


Concert Benefits Independence Fund

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

For Maestro Louis Panacciulli, the 30th anniversary of the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra is about giving back. 


“We are celebrating this anniversary and we wanted to do something meaningful,” he said.


So, for its first concert commemorating the milestone for the Pops, the orchestra is holding “A Tribute to the American Spirit” on Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. at Chaminade High School in Mineola to benefit the Independence Fund. The fund 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, is co-sponsoring the event.


Opt-Out Chatter

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

The Mineola School District will have only one student opting out of the next week’s much-debated common core English Language Arts assessment.

At a recent school board meeting. Superintendent Michael Nagler revealed there is a plan is in place for possible opt-outs. 


“I do not anticipate many children opting out,” he said. “We did not have many last year. I do not believe it’s any different this year than it has been in past. According to [New York State], there is no such thing as opt-out.”


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