Hooray! One of the best signs the school year is coming to a close is Field Day, and the signs have been all over our schools these past few weeks as the Red, White or Blue teams take to the fields for some friendly intramural competition. Hampton Street School held its Field Day on June 12.
Plans for the Old Country Road apartment complex have been rejected yet again by the Village of Mineola, according to Buildings Superintendent Dan Whalen. The 17-page rejection to Mineola Properties (MP) LLC focused on state code issues.
MP has resubmitted plans to Mineola three times since taking over the property. The initial proposal called for 257 apartments. A second revision raised it to 345, with more, smaller units. This latest version pared the project down again to 315.
Mayor Scott Strauss called this a “normal standard process,” with plan resubmissions.
Mineola Village Superintendent of Buildings Dan Whalen recently met with contractors, engineers and hospital reps concerning the $80 million Winthrop University Hospital construction project. He said the meeting detailed the placement of crane operations when the bulk of the project gets underway.
According to Whalen, street closures will be implemented, with most eight to 12 hour work days occurring on Saturdays, avoiding Sundays over the next 18 months. Winthrop did not return calls for comment.
If Terence Hale thought he could save the Mineola School District or himself from trouble and expense, he was sorely mistaken.
Irene Parrino isn’t going anywhere.
A month ago, Parrino—an attorney who has served as a trustee alongside Vice President Hale since 2010 but was unseated in the most recent election—filed a petition with the state Department of Education demanding Hale’s removal. That entails a hearing process in Albany that would chew up district resources.
Mineola doesn’t fancy itself as a San Francisco treat, but if the $360 million Nassau Hub plan comes to fruition, residents could see a trolly-style-like tram rolling down East Second Street. Funding for the trolley would likely be funded by the federal government, according to village officials.
Nassau County spent a $5.1 million federal grant on the county/Federal Transit Authority-led feasibility study analyzing the practical nature of a transportation service through Mineola, as part of the Nassau Hub plan. One end of the plan would be the Mineola Train Station, with the Hempstead Bus and Rail Station being the other.
Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with confusion to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including five from Mineola, ranging in age from 23 to 50.
The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs. That, some feel, is an over-reach. East Williston Attorney Jeff Kalenka thinks prostitution is a problem, but thought publishing the names “embarrasses” the men caught in the act.
“It doesn’t surprise me although I do disagree with what Kathleen Rice did because I think the ‘Johns’ or reported ‘Johns’ are innocent until proven guilty and to put their names in the paper embarrasses them, embarrasses their families and possibly unintended victims like their children,” Kalenka said outside the Mineola train station.
Be on the lookout Mineola, because red light cameras will be watching village motorists by the end of the summer. Nassau County will install cameras at the intersection of Mineola Boulevard and Jericho Turnpike as well as Willis Avenue and the turnpike.
Four cameras will be put up at the Mineola Boulevard traffic light, with three being erected at the Willis location. An additional traffic camera could not be installed at Wills because there is not enough room to place a camera for the westbound direction, according to county officials.
Mineola School Board Vice President Terence Hale will resign from his post on July 2 under pressure from a soon-to-be-former colleague.
Trustee Irene Parrino, who was unseated by challenger Patricia Navarra in the latest school board election, served Hale with papers requesting the New York State Education Commissioner John B. King remove Hale from his seat. That would require state hearings.
Hale decided to step down instead—to save the school district the legal fees that a state hearing would entail.
Holly Bennardo thinks she is a person. She loves to sit next to her human, Dorrie, on the sofa and watch TV, resting her head on Dorrie’s shoulder. When she gets dog biscuits as rewards she hides them in the sofa cushions and goes back at a later time to retrieve them and eat them.
Dr. Mary Carlson is a foot and ankle specialist, but she gives more than just medical assistance. Her charity, Shoes For All, has provided struggling communities with sandals, sneakers, high heels, boots and more for almost three years, according to Carlson, its president and founder, and that’s only half of it.
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