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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)


Parks Group Endorses Haber

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

Candidate touts environmental agenda

Both the county parks and the state of the environment were on Adam Haber’s mind last Friday as he traveled to the Park at East Hills to issue statements on both subjects.

Haber, a Mineola business owner, is running for Nassau County executive in an election set for Tuesday, Sept. 10. A Democrat, Haber was picking up the endorsement of Bruce Piel, chairman of the Park Advocacy & Recreation Council of Nassau County (PARCnassau).


Local Pols Speak On Municipal Bankruptcies

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

LI relatively stable so far, but macro clouds still loom 

Local municipalities are among the areas hardest hit by the economic recession, and a handful have gone so far as to declare bankruptcy — although none yet in New York State. 


 At the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building in Mineola on Tuesday, Aug. 27, Sen. Jack Martins and State Senator Carl Marcellino held a public hearing entitled, “Fiscally Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York.” 


Sumter Avenue Vote Is In: ‘No’

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00

East Williston Planning Board denies subdivision application

The East Williston Planning Board denied a subdivision application from Mineola-based BNL Construction Corp. to build two homes on the dilapidated 8 Sumter Avenue property, where a single vermin-ridden dwelling currently stands. The board voted 4-1 on Tuesday, Aug. 27, with the sole dissenting vote coming from Trustee Robert Shannon.


The board had postponed the vote at its July 18 meeting to review the case again so that Trustee Roger Cocci could be present for the vote. He was absent last month due to personal reasons. 


Mineola Train Station Circa 1923

Saturday, 31 August 2013 00:00

Pictured here is the Mineola Train Station when it opened in September 1923.This photo, courtesy of the Mineola Historical Society, was restored and colorized by photographer and Mineola resident Keith Warhola. It was part of his August 2012 exhibit at the Mineola Library. 

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.


Pet Of The Week

Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00

Rocco is a 7-year-old Havanese from Williston Park. He’s friendly, sweet and loves to be around people.

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


Making His Way Back Home

Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00
Starring role in legal drama for Hoffman

Rick Hoffman has come a long way from waiting tables in Hollywood. He is a veteran of several television series. But The Wheatley School graduate is currently starring in his biggest role yet, that of Louis Litt in the successful USA Network legal drama, Suits.


Hoffman has had roles in various television series, starting in 1997 with Conspiracy Theory. From there, Hoffman found plenty of work, appearing in such shows as Philly, The

Bernie Mac Show, Jake in Progress and Samantha Who? On the road to Suits, Hoffman achieved a breakout role as Freddie Sacker in the short-lived 2000 Fox series, The $treet.

Despite having Jennifer Connelly as a starring character, the show only aired six episodes on American television. Still, Hoffman’s role as Sacker was considered the highlight of the program. It allowed him to quit his job as a waiter and leave Hollywood for New York.


‘Raise The Age’ Says Monica’s Manor

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Rally calls for age-based criminal justice reform

Joseph Wood, a Mineola resident and founder of three transitional homes for at-risk youths and adults, is in full support of a group of advocates fighting to change a very old law in New York State: the age to prosecute youngsters as adults. 


Currently, among U.S. states only New York and North Carolina prosecute children as adults starting at 16 years old. The Raise The Age Campaign, an advocacy group calling on the state to change the age, held a rally at the Nassau County Supreme Court House on Aug. 20 and has garnered support from local officials to press Governor Andrew Cuomo to take action. 


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