As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.
Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. 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 Cheung of Great Neck.
“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”
A bunch of fruit in a bowl may not be that exciting to look at, that is unless you’re looking at them from Nancy Colleary’s point of view. Through her still life paintings, the she explores shadows, colors and light to make the most ordinary objects appear beautiful.
From her in-home studio, she continues to hold classes and work on her own projects, which includes paintings that are on display at Walk Street in Garden City and Chef’s Corner in Mineola.
Former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman is set for a new job, as a financial consultant to the Town of North Hempstead. Weitzman, who served as Nassau County comptroller for two terms from 2001 to 2008, told the Anton Newspapers that he will concentrate on preparing the town’s 2015 budget.
Weitzman’s contract will then be retroactive to Aug. 26 after its town boad approval. The draft of the budget is due by Sept. 28.
Winthrop-University Hospital unveiled its new, updated “Welcome To Mineola” sign above the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station last week, culminating in the restoration of a Mineola mainstay wrought with structural issues for some time. The sign had been up since August, but its clock was not functioning until recently, officials said.
“We thought it was important to preserve a piece of history in Mineola and also solidify the bond between [the hospital] and the Village of Mineola,” Winthrop President and CEO John Collins said.
The hospital expressed interested in the sign last September. It sits just north of Winthrop’s nearly finished $80-million, 95,000-square foot research facility, at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street.
The gatehouses that sit along the north side of Old Country Road from Berkley Road to Weybridge Road were once considered an aesthetically-pleasing feature of the east end of Mineola. But after an ambulance crashed into one recently and wear and tear due to time and weather, the structures became an issue, one that dates back two Mineola Village Board administrations.
“A couple of them are hazards, certainly the one that was hit,” Mayor Scott Strauss said.
In 2010, Mineola, under then-Mayor Jack Martins, was seeking volunteers to renovate the gatehouses.
Winthrop-University Hospital’s division of cardiology annouced that Mineola reisdent Vijayapraveena Paruchuri as director of the center for adult congenital heart disease. Dr. Paruchuri resides in Mineola.
“Dr. Paruchuri is a welcome addition to the Winthrop team,” said Kevin Marzo, MD, chief of the division of cardiology at Winthrop. “Due to medical breakthroughs and progress in treatment, children born with congenital heart defects are living longer and reaching adulthood. Dr. Paruchuri’s care can make all the difference to these adults.”
It’s “full speed ahead” for Dave Daly as the PSEG LI president works to make the utility “world class.”
Several initiatives that PSEG LI has undertaken since taking over from LIPA on Jan. 1, are ahead of schedule and Daly, who became president in November, is confident many more can come in ahead of plan. The 22 measures he describes include enhancing the utility’s financial position, its customer service and, perhaps most of all, the reliability of its service.
Daly laid out his plans in a nearly two hour discussion with editors at Anton Community Newspapers’ headquarters in Mineola.
Two men and one woman, including a Mineola resident, were arrested on Sunday, Aug. 24 in connection with drug possession, theft and harassment, on Aug. 11 at 8 p.m., Nassau County police announced.
Mineola Street Fair coordinators are canvassing the downtown area to enlist local businesses for the fourth annual Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event on Saturday, Sept. 14 at noon, with an Oct. 5 rain date. Opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m.
“We’ve been walking the streets trying to get more businesses involved,” Chamber vice president and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano said. “It’s the same struggle every year but at the end, it all comes together.”
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