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Village Board Lengthens Terms

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00

Mineola to phase in four-year stays for new trustees


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.”


Hal Bock Holds Book Signing

Written by Chris Boyle Saturday, 21 September 2013 00:00

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.


Final Beam Set Into Winthrop Facility

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 September 2013 00:00

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.


Kick- Started

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Mineola native working to publish book

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.


Mineola Remembers 9/11

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00

Sept. 11 ceremony in Memorial Park offers solemn honor

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.


The Mineola Fair, Back In Time

Saturday, 14 September 2013 00:00

Pictured here are scenes from the Mineola Fairgrounds at the turn of the century (above) at the southwest corner of Old Country Road and Washington Avenue and around 1950 (below), according to the Mineola Historical Society. The fair has been a staple since before Mineola’s incorporation in 1906. Have a vintage photo depicting old time Mineola and want it featured in the Mineola American? Contact editor Rich Forestano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-747-8282.

(Photos courtesy of the Mineola Historical Society)


Street Fair Showcases Hometown Feel

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00

Annual gathering brings locals, businesses together

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.”


Mineola Memories: At The Fair

Written by Jack Garland Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

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. 


Going Sign Going Soon?

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00

Beloved but neglected local fixture eyed for revamp 

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.


The Mineola Theater

Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:00

Pictured here is the Mineola Theater in 1962, when The Desperate Hours, a play Sammy Davis Jr. starred in, was making its rounds across the country. Have a vintage photo depicting old time Mineola and want it featured in the Mineola American? Contact editor Rich Forestano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-747-8282.

(Photo courtesy of the Mineola Historical Society)


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