Mineola’s oldest living resident, Bea Hubbard, died on Sept. 18. She was 106. Survived only by her nephew David Waters and his wife, Suzanne, Hubbard was born and raised in Coxsackie, N.Y., before moving to Mineola in 1932.
Hubbard taught business at Mineola High School until she retired in 1967, rising to the head of the business department at 60 years old. After graduating from Russel Sage College, she taught in Ripley, N.Y. before attaining her master’s degree from Columbia University.
David feels his aunt’s life, while defined by the age to most, was full because of her involvement in charitable and volunteer work. She was one of the founding members of the recently defunct Faith Evangelical Church in Garden City and worked many hours with the Salvation Army, the Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead, the American Association of University Women and the AARP, among other organizations.
The Mineola School District announced it will hold a referendum vote on Tuesday, Nov. 19 to get public permission to use $3.8 million from its capital reserve fund to make various repairs at its schools.
The reserve was created in 2011 by a proposition attached to an election day budget vote. The reserve, which currently holds the $5 million that the district initially set as a maximum, would shrink to a thin $1.2 million if the vote and
plan go through.
Thus, the district has attached to the November vote a second plan, which would increase the maximum allowed in the reserve to $15 million. This proposition would allow the board to designate future monies toward other capital projects, according to school officials.
Back to school: These three words have the power to make a student’s face turn from a smile into full-on water works. This time of the year echoes with grumbling as textbooks are shoved into backpacks and whines as kids make their way down to their bus stop—and the practically inaudible squeals of excitement as they greet familiar faces. Many students actually enjoy returning to challenges and a learning environment; just don’t ask them for confirmation.
This week we profile two students that have brought immense pride to Mineola High School, surpassing the expectations of teachers, parents and peers.
At the East Williston Village Board meeting last week, discussions on the abandoned house at 8 Sumter Avenue continued. The house has been the source of consistent complaints from neighbors, citing infestation of vermin (including raccoons and mice), unkempt shrubbery and loose roofing.
Homeowner John Muzio spoke to the Mineola American, offering his side of the story. According to Muzio, he and his wife have owned the home since 1971. He says residents are “making too much out of this” and “should mind their own business.”
“I never had raccoons in my house,” Muzio said. “I always had them trapped outside.” He acknowledged that the village had set raccoon traps in the house this past January and February, but said no animals were actually trapped.
Mayor Scott Strauss presented the State of The Village Address on Tuesday, Sept. 17. He gave brief updates on village finances, and current and ongoing projects in Mineola, while touching on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, whose one-year anniversary is next month.
Sandy packed a huge punch, knocking out power in 12,000 Mineola homes, according to the Long Island Power Authority.
Eight days after Sandy hit Long Island, a nor’easter dubbed Athena rolled in, dumping snow mixed with rain and sleet, creating hazardous road conditions that made the easiest of trips a nightmare.
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.
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