Friday, Aug. 8 saw Mineola High School students —both current attendees and returning alumni—unite for the second year in a row, bringing generations together through the power and emotion of music.
John Watts, the vocal music director and one of the driving forces behind “The Summer Showcase” alumni concert, graduated from Mineola High School in 2010. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at New York University in music composition and theory. In the fall of 2014, he will begin work on his master’s degree in music education with a goal of gaining his teaching certification and teach at a high school level.
The Walk Street Tavern is a staple in the area with the building having been around since the mid 1880s in New Hyde Park. Once used as a general store, a inn and a post office, the building is now a popular bar and restaurant that is considered a community favorite. It’s owner, a Mineola resident, wants to keep it that way.
“This building has been a fixture in the village forever, owner, Jimmy Tubbs. “It was used as a post office for many years in the twentieth century, a bar up until 1943 and opened as Henry’s Inn in 1971, before Walk Street took over in 2008.”
Aris Papangelopoulos will expand his business to 188 Herricks Rd. in Mineola after getting approval from the Mineola Board of Trustees recently. The 15-year mechanic says his current shop on Broadway in Garden City Park is too small.
“I’ve outgrown the space that I’m renting right now,” he said at a recent public hearing. “I need a special use permit before I buy [188 Herricks Rd.].”
Papangelopoulos’ current location can hold four cars, while the new spot can handle 10-12. He also plans to build four car lifts in the new spot and house additional vehicles.
On Westbury Avenue, the past is still living today. At the Mineola Historical Society, a dedicated group of people have been maintaining Mineola’s past to save it for the next generation.
“We are trying to preserve the history of Mineola,” President of the Mineola Historical Society Thomas Murhta said. He added the goal is, “to keep the past for the future.” For over 25 years, the Mineola Historical Society has done just that. Hundreds of artifacts and photos line the walls of the interior of the building, with thousands more in storage.
Murtha, 60, has lived in Mineola for his whole life. “I was born here in Mineola. I grew up here. I’ve seen a lot of changes,” he said. He got involved with the Mineola Historical Society in 1995, and has been dedicated to it ever since. He isn’t the only one.
For Mineola High School theater alums like John Watts, having the chance to return to the school’s stage means more than just another night under the lights.
It isn’t just nostalgia that’s powering the one-night-only MHS Summer Showcase on Aug. 8, Watts, the music director, said. For the second year in a row, alumni are teaming up with current students to put on a performance with all profits benefiting the school’s drama department. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8 p.m. curtain.
Following the popularity of last year’s Les Miserables reunion show, Watts said the group of graduates saw another opportunity to contribute to the school district’s renown music and fine arts education program.
The Village of Mineola Board recently approved Maxim Hygiene, a feminine hygiene products distribution company, to sell food at its 121 East Jericho Tpke. location.
Owner Kenneth Alvandi plans to offer gluten-free food and natural beverages at the shop. He’s operated in Mineola since January.
“Everything we would buy has a long shelf life,” he said. “It’s all pre-packaged, not cooked.”
The Mineola School District Board of Education assessed the district’s performance in recent New York State assessment and Regents testing; performance that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael
Nagler noted was in need of improvement at a July 24 board meeting.
Nagler addressed issues that students have been encountering with the recently-mandated state assessments, noting the difference in effectiveness between what he called “formative testing,” or testing on a regular basis, and “summative testing,” which is done annually, typically at the end of the school year.
Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.
The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.
Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.
The Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.
The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.
“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”
The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”
Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.
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