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Senior: ‘I Fought The Burglar’

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

Suspect flees, police in search

Bravery in the face of a criminal is honorable. However, the best thing to do is find a safe place and call 911, experts say in the wake of a burglary at the Birchwood Court Apartment Complex in Mineola on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

According to Nassau County Police detectives, a 69-year-old female victim returned to her residence in Birchwood at 11:15 a.m. and observed an unknown Hispanic male in her apartment going through her desk. The man grabbed her, but he broke free and fleed on foot.

“I fought him,” the victim said, who asked not to be identified.


Garbage On The Table

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

The East Williston board of trustees has scheduled a public hearing on re-bidding its garbage collection contract for March 11 at 8 p.m. The village is under contract with Albertson-based DeJana Industries, which was the lowest bidder, after Meadow Carting, of Carle Place.

DeJana bid with the option to continue rear-yard pickup, which according to Mayor David Tanner, would save an estimated $10,000, should the village opt for that company. 

Choosing Meadow Carting would result in savings in the neighborhood of $6,000 per year, according to village officials.

“Everyone should keep in mind, had we not bid, the cost would have gone up another $7,000,” Tanner said. “Regardless of who we end up selecting, we have a nice savings.”


Boy Becomes Instant Hero

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

Nine-year-old saves fellow student from choking

Knowledge could be the difference between life and death. Drastic thought? Not in Mineola resident Nicholas Ramos’ case.

The 9-year-old Jackson Avenue School student used every bit of his knowledge when he saved fellow student Steven Jones from choking to death on Friday, Jan. 25. According to Steven’s mother Laurain, he took a bite of a carrot and shortly after, Steven’s lips turned blue and he couldn’t breath.

Jones, 9, immediately started grabbing at his throat, the universal choking sign, before Ramos sprang into action. As Jones struggled with the carrot, Ramos raced around the lunchroom table and began hitting Jones in his lower back, dislodging the carrot in the process.

Oddly enough, it was Ramos’ carrot Jones began choking on. Ramos, who’s not fond of vegetable, handed them over to Jones during lunch. After that, Ramos didn’t have time to think, only react.

“He choked so I banged him on the back,” said Ramos after school on Feb. 12. “He did the choking signal.”


Cans Cashed For Wounded Vet

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

Fellow veterans, residents donate to wounded veteran

Honored, humbled, taken back…cherished. These were the feelings running through James Byler as he was lauded for serving his country Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Village Hall in Mineola. He was presented with more than $10,500, all through bottle and can donations from Mineola and area residents.

Byler, a first lieutenant with the U.S. Marine Corps, lost both of his legs in October 2010 in the Northern Helmand Province, one of the deadliest provinces in Afghanistan. While leading his platoon on a dismounted patrol of a narrow alley a month into his tour, Byler stepped backward on an improvised explosive device (IED) that was buried in the dirt.

Members of his platoon brought him to safety with a wheelbarrow. Byler was awarded the Purple Heart.


Suozzi Draft Heats Up

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

Club thinks former county exec should run again

There are heroes and villains on both sides in the ongoing debate concerning the function of Nassau County. Is the old regime to blame? Are current leaders at fault? Discussions are constant, opinions on either side rarely align, but one group thinks a change is in order.

The Nassau County Young Democrats kick-started a “Draft Suozzi” campaign a few weeks ago at to convince former county leader Tom Suozzi to run against current Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, a Republican. More than 1,500 supporters have signed up on the site, a far cry from the hundreds of thousands of people Nassau currently call home, but nonetheless a gathering.


Mineola Restaurant Owner vs. Mangano

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00

Haber to run for Nassau’s top job

Can a Roslynite be elected Nassau County Executive? That’s a question that Adam Haber is willing to find out.

A member of the Roslyn Board of Education, Haber is now the only Democrat to officially announce his candidacy for the seat currently held by Edward P. Mangano.

Haber has been preparing for the run for several months. Since last year, he has been supervising his own website, which asks residents to respond to a “question of the week” on pertinent issues, both local and national. On Dec. 19 he held a fundraiser at his restaurant, Lula Trattoria in Mineola. According to published reports, Haber has more than $2 million in cash on hand, nearly equal to the amount raised by Mangano.


Herricks Road: Crunch Zone

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00

Traffic divider missing a safety feature?

Mineola resident George Sommer can never forget the morning in 1982, when he awoke to learn that nine teenagers had been killed when a van in which they were riding was struck by an LIRR train at the now defunct Herricks Road train crossing, after the van’s driver went around lowered gates. 

Sommer’s son was supposed to be with them in the van, but Sommer kept him home to do school work.


State Aid: Slight Uptick For Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

School district doesn’t expect any other increase

The Mineola School District saw a .58 percent increase, or $26,253 from 2012-13, in Gov. Cuomo’s preliminary state aid figures released last week. The state awarded Mineola $4,492,542 last year.

Mineola saw “a slight” increase in building aid, according to Finance Superintendent Jack Waters, but a reduction in high tax aid. The district received $290,733 last year, but just $87,219 next year.

Negotiations are still ongoing, according to district reps. But Waters isn’t expecting much to change.


East Hills Man: ‘Save The Tree’

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

Passing tree law is no easy task, says Mineola

A century ago, Joyce Kilmer wrote, “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.”

East Hills resident Richard Brummel apparently thinks he has never seen anything as lovely as a tree, and he is now stumping for the preservation of a 125-yerar-old tree on Roslyn Road near Jerome Avenue in Mineola.

Brummel has circulated petitions to the Mineola Village Board and the Town of North Hempstead. The tree sits on foreclosed property.

Brummel hopes new tree laws will be established in an effort to preserve older, bigger trees in the area.


East Williston Moves To Evict Raccoons

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00

Location has become pest-infested, a bane to village residents

East Williston Mayor David Tanner announced that engineering plans to either demolish or refurbish the vacated property on Sumter Street are complete, and the board will put a bid together for contractors.

The mayor revealed the plan at its meeting Jan. 14.

Trustee Robert Vella expects a decision to be made by the end of March. In addition, a “ball park” estimate of $30,000 was given for the work. 

“We are confident that we’ll get back everything we’ve put into this…any cost laid out will act as a lean on the property,” Tanner said. According to Trustee Bonnie Parente, a large portion of that $30,000 is tax liens that are already attached to the property.


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