The year is 1780. Historic ships sail across the foamy, blue Long Island seascapes during the War for Independence. This setting was recently created through a gallery of historic nautical art, which featured ship models and artwork by Mineola native, Ed Cortez.
According to Cortez, the gallery will continue to be open on weekends until July 21 at 130 South Country Rd. in Remsenburg, N.Y. Cortez has one painting on display, two drawings but his biggest contribution is his ship models.
Frank Sanchez, also known by his friends as “Maestro Sanchez,” has spent over two decades dedicating his life to music and musical theatre. Growing up in Mineola, Sanchez decided early that he wanted to be in show business. When he was 5 years old he had a life changing experience.
“My cousin came up from Florida and took me to see Showboat,” he said. “It was the first time I ever saw a Broadway play and from then on I was hooked.”
Security upgrades are currently under way in every Mineola School District building, according to district superintendent Michael Nagler. Mineola announced in January that it would enhance its security measures after the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in December.
Work at all five schools should be completed in September. New openings will be built into the main offices in Hampton Street and Meadow Drive schools and an office reconfiguration at Meadow Drive will switch the principal’s office with the main office to create security vestibules, dubbed “man-traps.”
This year’s installation dinner was held at the La Marmite Restaurant in Williston Park, where a virtual who’s who of local and county government was present, including recently appointed Town of Oyster Bay Clerk James Altadonna, formerly the mayor of Massapequa Park.
Linus (right) with his owner Larry Werther of Andrews Road in Mineola.
The Mineola Village Board recently approved the expansion of the 100+year old Grace Assembly of God Church at 172 Willis Avenue. This marks a large extension that village officials and church reps feel will not impact the community negatively.
Robert Robles of Rockville Centre-based RJW Architecture will handle the expansion, which includes the demolition of the part of the building that was built in the ’50s. The front section of the church, which was built in 1899, will not be demolised , according to village documents obtained by the Mineola American. An extension was added in 2007.
After a tumultuous end to the school year, the Mineola School District reorganized its board of education on Tuesday, July 2, swearing in newcomers Patricia Navarra and Nicole Matzer. The board elevated Artie Barnett and Christine Napolitano to board president and vice president, respectively. William Hornberger will serve as trustee and report on finance committee happenings.
Navarra replaces trustee Irene Parrino, who lost her seat to Navarra in the recent election.
The Mineola Fire Department honored Ex-Mineola Fire Department Captain Christopher Franz at its recent Installation of Officers dinner.
Mayor Scott P. Strauss, a former chief of the department administered the oath of Office for incoming Chief of Department Jeffrey Clark. Clark was joined by his Assistant Chiefs Joseph Pratt and Brian Santosus as he announced Franz.
The Firefighter of the Year award is the highest honor to achieve at Mineola Fire Department. It recognizes an individual’s dedication and devotion to the fire service.
Nowadays, when most people hear the word gamer, visions of teenage boys catatonically staring at their television, all the while their thumbs blazing across a controller come to mind. You could be easily forgiven for stereotyping, after all, in today’s technologic and electronic driven world, it may be easy to write off board games as a relic of a not too distant past, but you would be sadly mistaken. Board games and the likes of it are big. In fact they are a multi-million dollar industry big, and now its fans throughout our area have something to smile about. Game Master Games, a sanctuary for the board gaming community recently opened at 954 South Broadway in Hicksville.
David VanderWerf, who owns Game Master Grill in Mineola, has been playing games like chess and Monopoly since he was four years old. VanderWerf was such a pro that his friends would regularly ask him to teach them how to play games that they just bought. Their view was why read the instructions, when you could just ask VanderWerf. This is how he realized his passion in life; he wanted to teach people how to play games.
Airplane doors falling near the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola in 2010 wasn’t enough and planes whizzing by minutes apart in New Hyde Park didn’t prompt action either. But if one New York bill spawns a sibling in New Jersey, air traffic noise victims will have hard data to fall back on--as well as the ears of top air traffic offiicials.
In the 11th hour of the 2013 legislative session, New York State passed a bill that requires the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey (PA) to conduct a study examining land use compatibility with the rise in aircraft noise over Long Island. On Wednesday, June 26, Assemblyman Ed Ra held a press conference outside New Hyde Park’s Village Hall calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill into law. The media event provided a demonstration, with deafening aircraft drowning out speakers every five minutes.
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