The time is here again. The John S. DaVanzo Community Pool reopened for the summer on Saturday, June 16. Many residents, trustees and pool staff members, as well as John DaVanzo and Mayor Scott Strauss, gathered to celebrate.
Upon officially opening the door for the upcoming summer season, Mayor Strauss asked to commemorate a dedicated member of the Mineola community and the founder of Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Core, Joseph DiGiorgio, with a moment of silence. He passed away on June 13 at 90 years young.
These lines, written by Marina Keegan just days before her graduation from Yale University, were a message to graduates of the class of 2012 expressing that college students’ best days are still ahead of them, even after they leave the confines of what are dubbed the best years of a persons young life.
Churrasqueira Bairrada Restaurant in Mineola held its first annual Portugal Day in Mineola on Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. in their back parking lot. Manuel Carvalho, owner of the restaurant, and his wife Jackie and son Hector Fomseca formed the event to bring Portuguese culture together in Mineola, to which they saw more than 1,500 people arrive for a day/night of music, dancing and family.
An enormous tent was set up in the parking lot, where families and friends sat at tables and couches to enjoy the festivities. Music for the event was provided by four different bands: Sugartown, Centerfold, Ranchos Folclóricos Sonhos e Juventude de Portugal: Portuguese Dance Group and Quim Barreiros.
While parades and barbecues were once again a normal occurrence this Memorial Day, Williston Park residents were treated to a little something extra. At 11 a.m. at the Williston Park Fire House, the Rotary Club of Williston Park installed the sculpture “Every Day a Hero” as a monument donated and dedicated to all of America’s heroes who risked their lives during the September 11th attacks.
The sculpture, which now proudly stands in front of the firehouse, depicts a life-sized firefighter engaged in his work. The sculpture was customized specifically to the firefighters of New York by placing their unique insignia on the helmet, thus making the sculpture one of a kind to New York firefighters.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1305 hosted its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28. After traveling down Westbury Avenue, Roslyn Road, Jericho Turnpike and ending at Memorial Park on Marcellus Road, a special ceremony was held to honor those who have died for their country.
Among the many that marched in the parade were the Nassau County Police Department, Mineola Auxilary Police, Mineola Fire Department, Chaminade High School Marching Band, Mineola American Legion, Mineola Chamber of Commerce and Knights of Columbus. Boy Scout Troop 45 also participated, as well as the Mineola Portuguese Center, Irish American Center, Dynamics Dance Studio, among others.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer is calling on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to launch a safety investigation into uncovered freight train cars transporting loose debris on Long Island Rail Road tracks after being prompted to take action after reading the Mineola American May 9 cover story. The senator revealed in a press conference on May 21 that he then sent a letter to the FRA calling for a mandate that trains carrying rubble through densely populated communities be properly covered.
MP came before the Mineola Village Board on Wednesday, May 23, to change its current configuration of its proposed 345-unit complex from condominiums to rentals. MP legal council Kevin Walsh cited the market dip in condos as a reason for the change.
Portuguese citizens and emigrants throughout the world celebrate this holiday. The June 10 date commemorates the death of national literary icon Luís Vaz de Camões in 1580.
Following a one-hour wait after the closing of the polls, current Board President Christine Napolitano stepped into the hallway with new Trustee Artie Barnett in tow to welcome him as the newest member on the board of education. Napolitano and Barnett came out on top with 1,373 and 1,161 votes respectively.
Below are the results of the local school district budget and school board election votes:
Christine Napolitano (Incumbent): 1,373
John McGrath (Incumbent): 635
Artie Barnett: 1,161
Eric Treibman (write-in): 6
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