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)
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 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.”
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.
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