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Local Scouts Featured On Cookie Boxes

Written by Colleen Maidhof Saturday, 22 February 2014 00:00

Girl Scout cookie lovers all across the country can see the faces of two sisters from Albertson on two different cookie boxes. Madeleine Jex, 14, from Troop 1100, is featured on the Samoas, and her younger sister, Bailey, a Brownie from Troop 53, is featured on the

Savannah Smiles. The sisters are excited to be selling cookie boxes with their faces on them, and they are very grateful to have this memory to hold on to forever.


The Jex sisters were chosen to be on the boxes after they submitted an essay about the skills that they learned in Scouts. Several girls were chosen to go on a photo shoot in 2011; however, only the best photos were chosen.


School Buzz

Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

Just Asking @ Mineola HS

Mineola High School: What is success? What does success mean to you?


Marissa Karasz

“Success often comes with large amounts of dedication and effort, as it usually means achieving goals set far in the past. It is the feeling of content when everything turns out the way it was intended to, or sometimes even better than planned. To me, success would be following my dreams to build a career in the fashion business, becoming a better athlete, and having stronger relationships with my friends and family.”


Mineola’s Tom DiNapoli Turns 60

Written by Wendy Kreitzman Friday, 21 February 2014 00:00

Surrounded by a group of Mineola High School friends who supported his successful run for school board when he was just 18, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli recently celebrated his 60th birthday at the New Hyde Park Inn.


Winning the school board seat made him the first 18-year-old to hold public office in New York State. Now the 54th comptroller for the state, he has held that position since 2007. In the intervening years, DiNapoli spent two decades representing Nassau County’s 16th Assembly District.


To Disband Or Not To Disband?

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

The Mineola School District will discuss disbanding its finance committee at its business meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27, citing inactivity and lack of consistent work. Talks were scheduled for last week’s school board meeting, but that was canceled due the blizzard that rocked the Northeast.


District officials say the board of education would either assign work throughout the school year to the committee, or disband the group and call on them during budget season, which is approaching. Mineola reps feel because of the 2 percent tax cap, the budget process is not labor-intensive unless districts are cutting staff or programs.


Vow Renewal For Local Couple

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 15 February 2014 00:00

While half of marriages end in divorce today, one East Williston couple has a word of advice to current and future newlyweds: patience. Jim and Barbara Sandquist will be married for 64 years on Oct. 7 and will renew their vows on Valentine’s Day at Harbor Links in Port Washington, along with 90 other couples.


“You have to be forgiving,” Jim said. “You need to understand your partner and how they feel.”


Barbara says Jim is the one to not lose his temper, which keeps both of them in check during trying times.


Desperately Seeking Salt

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 14 February 2014 00:00

A stormy winter is turning sand and salt into hot commodities in Mineola and across Long Island—despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pledge to send us an extra 400 tons of the stuff, 200 tons each to Nassau and Suffolk. 


“We are in a salt shortage,” said Tom Rini, village public works superintendent, adding that he has heard from neighboring municipalities, including North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, that their reserves are nearly tapped too. 


“There’s been challenges,” Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss said. “Normally, snow comes and goes, but this time, it’s decided to stay with us. The snow can only pile up so high. We’ve had flooding issues as well as salt issues.”


String Concert To Showcase Film Classics

Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

The Mineola School District will hold its annual String Night concert on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre in Mineola High School at 10 Armstrong Rd. in Garden City Park. The free concert is open to public.


The  concert features musical performances by orchestra students ranging from sixth to 12th-grades.The theme of the evening is “Show Tunes and Soundtracks.” Different groups will play lighter selections of Broadway and movie-theme music.


Scofflaws Block E. Williston Tear-Down

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

Absentee landlords John and Theresa Muzio denied East Williston Village inspectors access to their 8 Sumter Ave. house for a second time on Friday, Jan. 31. The uninhabited and neglected property has been the subject of controversy and public criticism, resulting in numerous hearings and court proceedings, but rarely have the Muzios themselves appeared.  


East Williston contractor J. Galvin Construction arrived at 2 p.m. to survey the property for demolition. The village had been granted demolition rights by a February 2012 court order, and the plan was approved by the village board in October last year. A survey is required prior to demolition. 


CARFAX Lawsuit Gains Steam

Written by Mineola American Staff Saturday, 08 February 2014 00:00

Mineola-based law firm Bellavia Blatt Andron & Crossett recently joined with Berger & Montague, P.C., in prosecuting the lawsuit Maxon Hyundai Mazda et-al. vs. Carfax, Inc., alleging violations of U.S. antitrust laws. Berger & Montague previously served as co-counsel against Visa and MasterCard, obtaining the landmark settlement of $7.25 billion, the largest private antitrust case settlement ever. 


Currently, there are approximately 500 dealer plaintiffs in the CARFAX lawsuit, a number that is expected to increase as the suit progresses, senior partner Leonard Bellavia says.


Bartering For A Better Babysitter

Written by Chris Boyle Friday, 07 February 2014 00:00

The reservations are set, the film time picked out, everything looks to be set for date night...except the kids, that is. You forgot to hire a sitter? You thought I was doing it? Dinner is at eight, whatever are we to do?


All too often, families run into this situation, and all too often it spells trouble. But one man is seeking to remedy that with the Feb. 10 launch of, where parents can easily find the solution to date night woes, according to President and CEO

Brian Mannix. The site currently operates out of LaunchPad LI in Mineola, an office building that specializes in catering to startup operations.


“We are a unique online platform that brings parents and babysitter together,” he said.


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