Mineola American founder Lou Sanders celebrated his 90th birthday last week. Sanders started the paper with his wife Grace in 1952. Anton Community Newspapers then-publisher Karl V. Anton, Jr. purchased the newspaper in 1992. Look for Sanders’ column, “Around The Town With Lou” in next week’s edition.
Nancy Kirk has lived on Sumter Avenue in East Williston since 1956. She has seen her fair share of ups and downs, but nothing compares to the eyesore that sits across the way, filled with unkempt shrubbery, loose roofing and vermin of all kinds. The eighth house on Sumter Avenue has been the bane of the street’s residents.
Neighbors say the property’s owner, John Muzio, has been an absentee homeowner, letting the house decay to a point that quality-of-life issues have been hammered at village and planning board meetings. Broken windows, overgrown weeds, racoons, rats and mice are a few of the slew of complaints that have dominated the block’s psyche for the past few years.
As North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman leaves his post, he will no longer seek election as judge in the Nassau County District Court, but will instead step up as special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newly formed Long Island Storm Recovery, a part of the governor’s new New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. The governor made the announcement at an Albany press conference last Thursday, July 18. Cuomo said that that the program “will empower communities hit hard by the storms to create and implement locally created and federally funded strategies for rebuilding and strengthening their communities against future extreme weather.”
Inside a car zooming past the train station on Mineola Blvd., a phone buzzes with a text message. Who is it from? What is it about? The anticipation and uncertainty are too much for some drivers, who reach for their cell phones to check despite the dangers.
Anton Community Newspapers recently set out to study texting drivers on L.I. and observed approximately 32 of 300 motorists--10.6 percent--driving down Mineola Blvd. guilty of checking their phones behind the wheel.
For many, Hollywood can be inspiring. As if they were set to a strict standard, movies tell tales of mystery, romance, adventure and conflict. The film adaptation of the hit musical, Les Misérables, was no exception to this criteria when it reached theaters last December. However, the impact it had on the alumni of Mineola High School is a different story.
The revived public interest in the musical, which is set during the French Revolution, provided a small group of alumni with an opportunity to reunite for their own take on the classic show, according to John Watts, an alum and a co-musical director for the production who will also play the lead role.
Twelve homes were evacuated after Nassau County contractors punctured a 4-inch gas main on Sheridan Boulevard in Mineola on Tuesday, July 16. This was their first day of work on the county’s portion of the Bruce Terrace Flood Project.
The flood project plan should remediate issues on the Mineola/Carle Place border. Work also halted on Dow Avenue at the time of the leak.
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.
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