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.
(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.”
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