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Bruce Terrace Flood Project Flowing Steadily

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00

Along with Mineola and Nassau County, North Hempstead starts remediating drainage issues on village, town border

Thomas Festa couldn’t believe his eyes. He lost his spot to take a stroll with his dog on Westbury Avenue…but he knows the end result will be worth it.

The Carle Place resident won’t have to worry about his living room turning into the Nile River during a bad storm anymore. A flood remediation project decades in the making is picking up steam, with projects being awarded, i’s dotted, t’s crossed and shovels finally in the ground.

The Town of North Hempstead held its groundbreaking ceremony for its portion of the Bruce Terrace Flood Project on Jan. 3, which will reportedly lessen the blow to low-lying areas during heavy rainfall.


Winthrop Receives Grant To Support New Research Institute

Friday, 04 January 2013 00:00

Regional Economic Development Council approves monies to help fund obesity center

Winthrop-University Hospital announced that it has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Regional Economic Development Council to support the construction of its brand new, 94,000 sq. ft. research Institute, already under construction at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street in Mineola. Groundbreaking took place several weeks ago and the construction is already underway.

The new, ultra modern research $60 million institute will consolidate clinical and bench research for all of Winthrop’s ongoing research initiatives. In addition to research on diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, Winthrop’s research institute will focus on other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis. The new facility will bring all the hospitals researchers together in a translational atmosphere that will foster collaboration, dialog, and the cross-fertilization of ideas.


Old Country Road Apartment Complex Approved

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 04 January 2013 00:00

Demolition of old Keyspan building expected in spring, construction to start shortly after

After major redesigns, resets and remodeling, the development of 250 Old Country Road will finally kick off sometime in the spring, Mineola village officials revealed. Mineola Properties (MP) LLC will construct a 315-rental unit complex a stones throw from the Nassau County Legislature.

The rental complex will consist of one, two and three-bedroom units. The proposal indicates 166 one-bedroom apartments, 127 two and 22 three-bedroom apartments would be housed in the new configuration. Thirty-two units will be used for next generation/first responder housing.

The 343,000 square-foot building will replace a developmental rigmarole that has been owned by former power authority LILCO, Keyspan and the MTA. The structure is approximately 5-feet shorter to the top of the proposed penthouse than in a previous proposal. Along Old Country Road, the building height would be 84-feet-9 inches tall, while on Third Street the building would reach 94-feet-2 inches in height.


Mineola Third-Grader Lends Voice To Benefit Hurricane Victims

Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00

Amanda Lapierre, a third-grade student at Jackson Avenue School in the Mineola School District, recently sang a song with her aunt, recording artist Dahna Bender, for the benefit of Hurricane Sandy victims. Ms. Bender, who recorded the album “Giving of the Heart” asked her niece to sing the prelude to the track “Winter Wonderland.” 

“It makes me feel good to know I was actually helping others,” Amanda said of her decision to do the recording. “It makes me feel very happy.”

The song, which sells for 99 cents on iTunes, is part of an album that is less than $6 and benefits hurricane victims in the Rockaways. Amanda and Ms. Bender’s goal is to raise $1,000 for the cause.



Mineola To Receive Efficiency Grant

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00

School district awarded for financial, managerial responsibility

The Mineola School District has been selected to receive a $213,129 grant for the 2012-13 school year from the New York State Education Department, District Superintendent Michael Nagler revealed. Mineola is receiving the School District Management Efficiency Competitive Grant as a result of its application detailing the ways in which it has streamlined its costs.

Nagler mentioned that this is because the district closed two school buildings and reorganized resources while still providing educational programs for its students. He said the grant would be used on technology tools for students.


Werther To Run As Independent In March Elections

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

New Line Party endorses Durham, Strauss and newcomer Walsh

Reported first by the Mineola American on Friday, Dec. 14, the New Line Party announced its endorsements of current Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, Trustee George Durham and 30-year Mineola resident Dennis Walsh for the March 2013 village elections. One familiar face was not on the ticket: current Trustee Larry Werther.

Werther, a founding member of the New Line Party, did not receive the party’s endorsement. He feels this was in the works well before the party announced its slate for the March 19, 2013 elections.

“It’s always easier to try to get rid of somebody, rather than negotiate,” said Werther. “Quite frankly, I think I proved my value to the village. Just look at the stuff that Jack [Martins] and I put together when we first got it in. The village was headed to fiscal ruin. We brought back fiscal sanity.”


Mineola Reacts To Connecticut School Shootings

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

Nagler: ‘Safety plans may be modified’

The horror that struck Newtown, CT on Friday, Dec. 14 sent a wave of terror across the country after a 20-year-old man gunned down 20 elementary school students and seven teachers. Since then, local school officials have faced questions about safety and security.

Whether it was a coincidence or a sign of safe planning, the Mineola School District held safety and lockdown drills at two buildings just before shooting, District Superintendent Michael Nagler told the Mineola American on Monday, Dec. 17. Drills were held at Mineola High School and the Hampton Street School.

“We do lockdown drills in conjunction with Nassau County Police,” he said in a phone interview.


Texting Argument Ends With Shooting In Williston Park

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:14


Police: couple arguing over TV show leads to woman being shot in her back

What started out as a disagreement on two QWERTY keyboards ended in a 26-year-old woman being shot on Marcellus Road in Williston Park, police revealed at a press briefing on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Jared Gurman, 26, was charged with second-degree attempted murder after the 2:40 a.m. shooting.

Lt. Ray Cote of the Third Squad said the argument sparked during a discussion of the AMC television show The Walking Dead while the two were together on the night of Sunday, Dec. 2. According to Cote, Gurman was growing concerned over the idea that a possible real-life situation, like a military accident, could occur resulting in catastrophe.


Mineola Man Gets What’s Rightfully His After Six Decades

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:13

World War II veteran finally receives medals, recounts D-Day invasion, other battles

The 18-year-old soldier sat aboard a boat clenching his rifle just 300 yards from Utah Beach, which was being bombarded by both sides of World War II. With five days of food and equipment, he and the other young men on the boat were about to make their mark on one of the most important moments in world history.

Neither he nor the other members of 359th Infantry of the 90th Division knew the true gravity of the situation as they approached the beach. He plunged into the water prepared to make his way to the beach, but there was a significant obstacle in his path: he didn’t know how to swim.


Pension Costs Could Affect School Tax Levy

Written by Rich Forestano, Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00

Mineola officials, regardless of the option,

do not want to pierce the state imposed tax cap

Teacher retirement in the Mineola School District could affect next year’s tax levy, which has a state-imposed 2 percent limit that was put into law in 2011. Finance Superintendent Jack Waters revealed that the district could have $800,000 exempt from the cap due to the estimated retirement costs that would go into effect in the 2013-14 school year.

Waters said the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) increases for next year is about $1.5 million. Mineola under state law could put out a 3.05 percent increase for the next year, with half of the estimated TRS cost spikes not included, leveling out piercing the cap, a move the district does not want to make.


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