Mineola School District reps conducted walkthroughs in each of its buildings before cementing security updates in response to the Sandy Hook shootings in December. District Superintendent Michael Nagler said the school board received recommendations from Massapequa-based Intralogic Solutions and Bay Shore-based A+ Technologies on revising security measures.
Trustee Artie Barnett, who’s been touting school security enhancements since the Connecticut incident, suggested the walkthroughs. Mineola officials recommended the district first examine Mineola High School and then upgrade all buildings, at an estimated cost of $50,000.
Dennis Walsh and incumbent George Durham were the two top vote getters for Mineola village trustee last Tuesday, garnering 858 votes and 836 votes respectively. Ten-year village trustee Larry Werther nabbed 463 votes. Mayor Scott Strauss ran unopposed, securing 1,117 tallies.
The victory of Durham and Walsh secures a majority for the New Line Party on the Mineola Village Board, with Paul Cusato as the lone Hometown Party representative. Walsh, 62, a retired NYPD cop, received the New Line endorsement in 2012.
Trash talk dominated the discussion in East Williston last week as the village held a public hearing to determine whether to dump their current and somewhat embattled garbage hauler, Dejana, in favor of the next lowest bidding company, Meadow Carting.
Port Washington-based Dejana Industries, Inc., has been the village’s garbage hauling company since 2009, under a competitively bid contract which provides options to renew at the village’s discretion. The company’s current contract expires on May 31st.
Learn and Play Day Care on Herricks Road will not be granted a permit to expand from its current location, according to Supreme Court proceedings obtained by the Mineola American. Owner Arthur Smyles filed suit against the Village of Mineola after the board of trustees opposed the day care center’s application in June 2012, noting safety and parking concerns.
Smyles originally wanted to add space from the neighboring 99 cents store, which he also owns but is now vacant. Board members hammered Smyles with questions at a public hearing in 2011.
Guns, gadgets and girls. These are three spy novel mainstays that are the foundations of the genre, but not for Robert DiBella. The Mineola native chose a different approach for Memoir of a Variable, which hit Amazon on Feb. 19.
The book gives readers a glimpse into the underworld of espionage and professional killing. The tale follows “X,” an unnamed assassin for the C.I.A.’s subdivision, “Grey Sector,” who defies the odds when he turns on the organization that forced his hand to take the lives of innocent people. As the units best Variable, “X” fights for his humanity in an international chase that takes him from Hong Kong to New York.
Malcolm Brown is a three-year varsity basketball player, who averaged 20 points per game this season. He had a career high of 36 points against West Hempstead. Brown also had back-to-back games with 29 point against Valley Stream North and Island Trees.
His was selected to the Nassau County All County basketball team and will go on to play college basketball at Roanoke University in Salem, Virginia.
Progression was the theme last week when Mineola Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini gave an update on the ongoing Bruce Terrace Flood project. The plan should remediate decades of flood problems on the Mineola/Carle Place border.
Mineola’s side of the three-part, joint-municipal project includes the installation of two new drainage manholes, four new catch basins and the removal of 300 feet of existing 18-inch drainage pipe. The pipe would be replaced with a new 30-inch drainage pipe on Bruce Terrace.
With March 19 approaching, incumbent trustees Larry Werther, George Durham, retired NYPD cop and newcomer Dennis Walsh are set for a three-way battle for two open seats on the Mineola Village Board. Mayor Scott Strauss is running unopposed for village’s top spot.
After Jack Martins vacated the mayor’s seat in December 2010 when he won a state senate bid, he appointed Werther who in turn tapped Strauss to fill the open trustee spot. Four months later, Strauss ran a campaign for the mayor’s office.
Though he has to contend with Tom Suozzi to challenge Ed Mangano for the Nassau County seat, Democrat Adam Haber said he knows what will happen.
“I’m not going to get the nomination,” the Roslyn resident said in a sitdown with Anton Newspapers last week. “I’m going to run a primary. I’m going to do exactly what Suozzi did against [Thomas] DiNapoli. He didn’t get the nomination. He ran a primary and I’m going to win the primary.”
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