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Kaiman Moving On To State Appointment

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Saturday, 27 July 2013 00:00

Will advise on disaster relief

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.”


Texting Scofflaws On Mineola Boulevard

Written by Stephen Levine Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00

Mineola American finds 10 percent checking cell phones while driving 


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. 


Les Misérables Returns To Mineola HS

Written by Christopher Gavin Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Alumni team up for benefit reunion show

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.


Gas Leak Evacuates Mineola Homes

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:04

County’s first day on flood project punctures main


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.


If Nautical Artwork Is Something You Wish

Written by Stephen Levine Friday, 19 July 2013 00:00

Mineola native’s ship models on display in Remsenburg


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.


From Mineola To The City Stage

Written by Geralyn Greco Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Local actor a thespian of many talents

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 Updates Progressing

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00

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.”


Tanner Tapped To NCVOA Top Spot

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 12 July 2013 00:00

East Williston mayor appointed president

The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) elected its executive board for the 2013-14 year on Thursday, June 27, headed up by newly appointed president and current East Williston Mayor David Tanner.

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.


Pet Of The Week: July 12, 2013

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Linus (right) with his owner Larry Werther of Andrews Road in Mineola.

Want your pet featured in the Mineola American? Email a high quality photo taken with a digital camera (no cell phone pictures please) and a brief, funny description to Rich Forestano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Entries will be published in the order they are received.


Expansion Gets Green Light

Written by Rich Forestano, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 11:19

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.


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