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Crane Tips Over At Winthrop Site

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

A construction crane working on the new Winthrop-University Hospital diabetes research facility tipped over on Mineola Boulevard on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 12:40 p.m. The driver of the crane escaped as it fell between the rising building and Souvlaki Stop, according to village and fire department reps.


He suffered minor injuries to his legs and back as he fled the cab and a bruise to his head, according to Winthrop officials.


Mineola Boulevard was closed from Old Country Road to Harrison Avenue all day. Authorities said the Mineola Fire Department, which was on call for a dumpster fire prior to the crane fall, arrived within minutes of the incident.


E. Williston, PSEG Meet

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00

Village of East Williston Trustee Christopher Siciliano recently met with representatives from the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), a New Jersey-based electric and gas company that will be taking over the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) effective January 1, 2014. They discussed what the village can expect following the transition.


Delivering a brief report at a village board meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, Siciliano said the meeting was productive and that he learned the village will have a liaison from PSEG to communicate with directly—at no cost to the village.


Mind Your Pet This Holiday Season

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

Christmas trees, poinsettias and tinsel. All three are signs that the holiday season is here and while they provide stunning visuals, they could pose harm to your furry little friends, says one Mineola veterinarian.


Pet safety during the holidays is crucial, according to Dr. Aaron Vine of Central Vets of Mineola. For Vine, the leading cause of increased trips to the vet after the holidays is chocolate and tinsel. He has worked for Central Vets since 2003.


“Eating off the floor is a big one,” says Vine. “We see tons of chocolate ingestions during this time of the year. Tinsel is big with cats. There’s a lot of times when tinsel, while it can cause a tummy ache, can get stuck in the intestinal tract. If that happens, it can be very life threatening.”


Revised Bolla Plan Approved

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

The Mineola Village Board approved the much-debated, revised plan for Bolla Market to build a gas station and convenience store at 449 Jericho Turnpike last week. The property was hotly contested at hearings in October and November due to the property abutting village residences and the proposal calling for a 24-hour gas station and convenience store.


The  2,250-square foot business will be open seven days, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days per week, according to papers obtained by the Mineola American. Bolla reps confirmed that this is the first non-24 hour Bolla Market station in the entire company.


Forty-two of CEO Harry Singh’s 85 Bolla locations have a convenience store. The Mineola site will hold six 2-sided gas pumps and one store.


MHS Senior Raises $7,000

Written by Mineola American Staff Saturday, 14 December 2013 00:00

Mineola High School senior, Jennifer Vasek and her mother have suffered for years from a rare disorder called Chiari malformation. Both have endured several brain surgeries yet still suffer from Chiari symptoms on a daily basis. They include headaches, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision and loss of balance. Chiari malformations occur when  the base of the brain protrudes through the lower skull and touches the upper part of the spinal cord, creating numerous neurological symptoms.  The only accurate way to identify Chiari is with an MRI of the neck. 


Sign Talks Get Going

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00

Station Plaza Diner owner Nick Liakonis indicated he has submitted a lease proposal to Winthrop-University Hospital on Dec. 4 concerning the revamp and reconstruction of the “Welcome To Mineola” sign that sits atop his building at the

Mineola Long Island Rail Road Station. He said hospital reps asked in mid-September that he begin to draw up plans.


The location of the sign offers good exposure for the hospital if Winthrop secures the roof for rent and renovation. Winthrop is currently constructing a new $80-million, 95,000-square-foot diabetes research facility directly north of the sign, at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street, and expressed interest in the sign two months ago. 


Parents Stand Firm Vs. Common Core

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Carmela Solomon, who has two children in the Mineola School District, is sad to say that learning is not fun for her sons anymore.


“It’s gotten better but it hasn’t been an easy couple of months and I fear the standards,” she said to about 70 concerned parents and educators at a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Mineola Middle School. Her fear:  second- and third-graders will have to go to summer school.


A panel of teachers and administrators—Assistant Superintendent Patricia Burns, Middle School Principal Matthew Gaven, Jackson Avenue School Principal Cindi Gonzalez, English language arts developer Jodi Helming and mathematics coordinator Nicole Bartone — faced parents concerned about the new state standards and testing in the “common core curriculum.” Superintendent Michael Nagler moderated the talk. 


Tree Lighting Showcases Holiday Spirit

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00

Even rain couldn’t put a damper on children’s faces as they marveled at the Mineola tree across from Village Hall on Friday, Dec. 6 during the annual Christmas tree lighting. With the Chaminade High School Jazz Band rocking the community center across the street, residents and kiddies waited with bated breath and excitement for the tree to come alive, along with a visit from old St. Nick.


As the area between the Mineola Fire Department and Piccola Bussola began to fill up, the tree ignited with blue, green and red glory for all attendees to gaze at, while cars buzzing by on Jericho Turnpike now had a beacon in the night to guide them. Inside the community center, the band provided much needed holiday cheer, playing “Jingle Bells,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”


Golden Age Spotlight: Eleni Pitzel

Written by Joanne Fitzgerald Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00

Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.


Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.


Pay Hikes Coming?

Written by Elizabeth Johnson Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00

A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk. 


Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.


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