The Mineola Village Board approved a plan to increase trustee terms from two to four years at a public hearing last week. The changes won’t fully take effect until 2018.
Due to staggered elections, the new trustee terms would be phased in, according to Mayor Scott Strauss.
“The concept has generally been well received and well supported,” Strauss said, who has held community forums on village issues, including the four-year term idea. “The topic has been discussed by the board of trustees for a number of years and we believe it’s time.”
East Williston resident recalls four-decade sports writing career
Legendary sports journalist Hal Bock held a book signing at the East Williston Library on Tuesday, Sept. 10, celebrating the release of his ode to a special cartoonist who spent decades making poignant observations and poking good-natured fun at the great American pastime: baseball.
His newest tome, entitled Willard Mulling’s Golden Age of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972, is an ode to a great sports cartoonist and co-worker from his days at the World Telegram and the Sun.
A project years in the making, the $80-million Winthrop-University Hospital Research Facility rising on Mineola Boulevard and Second Street held a “topping-off” ceremony on Monday, Sept. 9. Construction crews laid the last I-beam in place, completing the outside frame of the building.
The four-story, .893-acre facility will house research into obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular health, pulmonary issues and Lou Gehrig’s disease, among others. The building will total 95,000 square feet. Hospital reps said the building should be complete by December 2014.
For Anthony Clark, it all started in a political science class in graduate school at the Appalachian State University in North Carolina in 2003. The Mineola native became fixated with presidential libraries after screening a video of President Bill Clinton’s last rally on Oct. 31, 1996.
“Clinton said ‘Ya know this is my last campaign,’ and I said no it's not,” Clark said. “[His] last campaign is when he builds his library.” Clinton’s library opened in 2004.
As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Wednesday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the lives (including three from Mineola) that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, led the ceremony.
Strauss was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was instrumental in saving the lives of Port Authority police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.
(Photos courtesy of the Mineola Historical Society)
Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the Annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 8. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Eckles of Williston Park.
“All of the local fairs that occur this time of the year are fantastic,” she said. “It’s great to get out on a Sunday and enjoy the day.”
The annual Mineola Fair in the heart of the village celebrates a tradition stretching back several centuries.
In his book The Mineola Fair, author James Carpenter reports that the colonists of Queens County arranged for an annual gathering as early as 1692. In 1841, almost 60 years before Nassau County was established, the Queens County Agricultural Society was formed and hosted this event at various locations. In 1866, the society was granted use of acreage in Mineola, which became home to the fair for a good part of its existence.
At one point it greeted all who saw it with a hearty welcome. Today, some say it’s half of what it used to be.
Now, the “Welcome To Mineola” sign at the Long Island Rail Road train station—a community focal point for decades—may be coming down.
Winthrop-University Hospital has expressed interest in revamping or replacing the sign, which hangs over the northbound approach to a new $80-million, 95,000-square-foot research facility that the hospital is building. The roof-top sign is directly south of the hospital’s rising facility, slightly obstructing what would be a prime view of the building.
(Photo courtesy of the Mineola Historical Society)
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