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We’re Having A Field Day!

Saturday, 22 June 2013 00:00

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.


Third Time No Charm For Apartment Plan

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00

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. 


Winthrop Project Progressing

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Village, hospital reps meet

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.


Board Tensions Come To A Head

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

Emails spark debate, outrage

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. 


Hub Plan Off In The Distance

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00

Mega-project to redo Nassau’s Hub would see “trolly-style” car down East Second Street in Mineola

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.


Mineola Reacts to Prostitution Sting

Written by etsy Abraham and Christopher Gavin Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00

Locals question DA’s investigation 

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.


Red Light, Green Light, 1, 2…Ticket

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

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.


Hale To Resign

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 12 June 2013 08:18

Mineola School Board vice president to step down in July

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.


Pet Of The Week

Written by Donna Duffy Saturday, 08 June 2013 00:00

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.


Want your pet featured in the Mineola American? Email a high quality photo taken with a digital camera (no cell phone pictures please) and a brief, funny description to Rich Forestano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Entries will be published in the order they are received.


Laces And Learning

Written by Christopher Gavin Friday, 07 June 2013 00:00

Albertson charity gives shoes to the needy and internships to students

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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