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Making His Way Back Home

Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00
Starring role in legal drama for Hoffman

Rick Hoffman has come a long way from waiting tables in Hollywood. He is a veteran of several television series. But The Wheatley School graduate is currently starring in his biggest role yet, that of Louis Litt in the successful USA Network legal drama, Suits.


Hoffman has had roles in various television series, starting in 1997 with Conspiracy Theory. From there, Hoffman found plenty of work, appearing in such shows as Philly, The

Bernie Mac Show, Jake in Progress and Samantha Who? On the road to Suits, Hoffman achieved a breakout role as Freddie Sacker in the short-lived 2000 Fox series, The $treet.

Despite having Jennifer Connelly as a starring character, the show only aired six episodes on American television. Still, Hoffman’s role as Sacker was considered the highlight of the program. It allowed him to quit his job as a waiter and leave Hollywood for New York.


‘Raise The Age’ Says Monica’s Manor

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Rally calls for age-based criminal justice reform

Joseph Wood, a Mineola resident and founder of three transitional homes for at-risk youths and adults, is in full support of a group of advocates fighting to change a very old law in New York State: the age to prosecute youngsters as adults. 


Currently, among U.S. states only New York and North Carolina prosecute children as adults starting at 16 years old. The Raise The Age Campaign, an advocacy group calling on the state to change the age, held a rally at the Nassau County Supreme Court House on Aug. 20 and has garnered support from local officials to press Governor Andrew Cuomo to take action. 


Sumter Avenue Still A Hot Topic

Written by Rick Karas Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

There’s no rest for the East Williston Board of Trustees during the dog days of summer. The business of running the village rolls on, and the Board held its monthly meeting at

Village Hall on Monday, Aug. 12.


Not surprisingly, the future of the property at 8 Sumter Avenue was once again the topic of the night.


The village planning board is set to vote near the end of the month on whether to approve subdivision of the land. If that goes through, developer BNL would purchase the property from owner John Muzio, and build two houses on the land. If the developer is denied, control of the property would revert back to the village.


Scholar Of Year: Sujith Maracheril

Written by Nick Palma Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

MHS grad looking toward future

When you have three cousins and a brother, who all excelled at very high levels at the Mineola High School, the pressure is put on you the minute you walk through those doors for the first time in ninth-grade. “Watching them inspired me to work harder,” says this year’s Valedictorian, Sujith Maracheril. Sujith was able to sustain high grades all four years at Mineola High School, which placed him at the top of his graduating class, ultimately rewarding him with the Valedictorian award.


“Being Valedictorian means I was able to rise up to the challenge that my cousins and brother set before me. It means that I was able to forge an attitude that will enable me to work hard in the future and become a great doctor,” says Maracheril. It also means that his high school career has now come to an end and he was able to end that chapter of his life on a strong note.


A Gold Crown At The End Of The Rainbow

Written by Stephen Levine Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

For the fifth year, the Irish American Society of Mineola has crowned a new Miss Irish America, giving the distinct honor to Islip resident Kelly Schlittenhardt in 2013, whose grandparents immigrated to the United States from the Emerald Isle. 


It was Schlittenhardt’s grandparents who read about the competition in the Mineola newsletter and encouraged her to take part.


“My Irish heritage means a lot to me,” said Schlittenhardt. “Both of my grandparents from my mom’s side are immigrants from there. It was really nice to win this for my grandparents.”


Cash Carries The Day In Coliseum Choice

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

Lease faces review by county legislature, NIFA

Nassau County selected Nassau Events Center to redevelop Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding property, by offering the county a significantly sweeter deal. 


Bruce Ratner, the developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and NEC’s chief executive, beat out Hank Ratner (no relation) and the Madison Square Garden Company after the county narrowed its choices to the two entertainment giants last month. 


At a news conference in Mineola on Thursday, Aug. 15, Mangano noted revenue differences in the two proposals drove the final decision. 


Steel Rising On Mineola Boulevard

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00

Outside shell of Winthrop facility to be completed by fall

Mineola Buildings Superintendent Dan Whalen expects the steel structure of Winthrop University Hospital’s new $60 million research center on Mineola Boulevard will be finished by the first week of September. 


Whalen expects engineer plans of the interior of the building soon. The hospital intends to hold a “topping-out” ceremony when the last steel I-beam is set in place on Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.


Common Core Grades Released

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

Mineola feels state has long way to go

New York State test scores in third- through eighth-grade plummeted on Long Island by 40 percent in the new roll-out of the English and math “common core” exam. While the Mineola School District landed in the middle of the pack across the state, district reps feel the state has a long way to go in assessing student growth.


Forty-six states have implemented the common core in an effort to move education toward one unified curriculum. This idea has been combed through during Mineola board meetings over the past two years.


Mineola Fair Sets Sights On September

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Yearly gathering looks to highlight businesses, local talent

Hometown enrichment — that’s what matters to the Mineola Chamber of Commerce and the Mineola Street Fair set to kick off Sunday, Sept. 8 will showcase local businesses. A rain date is set for Sept. 15. 


Chamber Vice President Tony Lubrano and Steve Ford, the owner of Willis Hobbies and current fair co-chair, gave details on the upcoming event last week in an interview with the Mineola American.


Four Year Trustee Terms On The Table

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

Hearing set for September 18

The Village of Mineola will hold a hearing to discuss increasing trustee terms from two to four years.  Mayor Scott Strauss floated the idea at recent community forums he held with residents at Village Hall, but set Sept. 18 as a hearing night for the public to have its say on the proposed change.


Strauss indicated no public hearing is mandated, but the board wanted to give residents input. If approved, the new term lengths would put Mineola on par with comparable villages.


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