A few months ago, while returning to my car after attending a wake, I was surprised to catch a glimpse of something that immediately brought me back to my elementary school days. Directly in front of me stood a portion of the original concrete wall that had surrounded my alma mater.
In 1922, Corpus Christi Church purchased the Robert Graves estate on Searing Avenue and transformed its building into a parish school. It was a beautiful structure of Spanish-style architecture surrounded by the concrete wall, sporting huge ornate iron gates.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner last week stood fast against paying an “excessive” water bill from neighboring village and supplier Williston Park, following a loss in a second round of legal battles.
Tanner said Williston Park sent East Williston a bill for $600,000 last week based on water rate increases East Williston refused to pay while pursuing two lawsuits that contested the rate hikes.
Williston Park is seeking $300,000 in interest and penalties following a recent state Appellate Court decision upholding the second of two water rate increases imposed on East Williston. Tanner said East
Williston will only pay approximately $250,000 of the $300,000 Williston Park seeking to recover in unpaid fees based on the two increases.
A lawsuit brought by O’Carroll’s Recovery Room Bar and Grill owner Jeremiah O’Carroll against the Village of Mineola was settled recently. However, Mineola prevailed in its decision on a December 2013 application from O’Carroll to open a second business. He challenged the board of trustees’ denial of his request to open a health food store/shake shop next door to his business.
“We settled it by him accepting the original decision,” village attorney John Spellman said. “The restaurant is going to be all one [space]. The agreement said he has to have a permanent opening between the two buildings and a permanent opening between the front space and back space. It’s all the circulation of one business.”
The nine-story apartment building at 250 Old Country Road is rising on schedule, according to developers. Lake Success-based Lalezarian Developers is constructing a nine-story, 315-unit complex at the site.
Kevin Lalezarian estimated the project is about 20 percent complete.
“Our foundation is nearly complete,” Lalezarian said. “Our superstructure is proceeding. That’s the main thing happening right now.”
The Mineola Fire Department is looking to replace its Company Two engine, Truck 168. The truck is 25 years old, consisting of an articulating boom and bucket.
A new truck would cost upwards of $1 million, fire reps said.
“The current truck has served the village well for many years, but is in need of replacement,” Chief of Department Jeff Clark said.
The Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Winthrop-University Hospital announced a partnership last week, revealing the hospital will provide one paramedic and a rapid response vehicle, called a fly car, to the corps. Officials say it will assist in decreasing response time on emergency calls.
“[The fly car] has all the equipment you need and all the medications you need,” said MVAC Commissioner Tom DeVaney. “I think it’s a tremendous plus for Mineola residents.”
The Winthrop paramedic will be operating out of MVAC headquarters at 170 Elm Place.
The Village of Mineola last week announced a $7,332 plan to install a chain link fence along the perimeter of the former Jackson Steel property at 435 First St. The site, which once stored toxic chemicals, which leaked into the ground, will also get an 18-foot double swing gate.
“It’s unfortunate that the federal government kind of walked away from this,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “They’re interacting with the [New York] State to have them pick it up but we can’t wait for that.”
According to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency, the site functioned as a “roll form metal shapes” manufacturing facility from 1970-1991. Degreasers, including tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), and 1,1,1-trichloroethane, were used at the facility until March 1985.
Friday, Aug. 8 saw Mineola High School students —both current attendees and returning alumni—unite for the second year in a row, bringing generations together through the power and emotion of music.
John Watts, the vocal music director and one of the driving forces behind “The Summer Showcase” alumni concert, graduated from Mineola High School in 2010. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at New York University in music composition and theory. In the fall of 2014, he will begin work on his master’s degree in music education with a goal of gaining his teaching certification and teach at a high school level.
The Walk Street Tavern is a staple in the area with the building having been around since the mid 1880s in New Hyde Park. Once used as a general store, a inn and a post office, the building is now a popular bar and restaurant that is considered a community favorite. It’s owner, a Mineola resident, wants to keep it that way.
“This building has been a fixture in the village forever, owner, Jimmy Tubbs. “It was used as a post office for many years in the twentieth century, a bar up until 1943 and opened as Henry’s Inn in 1971, before Walk Street took over in 2008.”
Aris Papangelopoulos will expand his business to 188 Herricks Rd. in Mineola after getting approval from the Mineola Board of Trustees recently. The 15-year mechanic says his current shop on Broadway in Garden City Park is too small.
“I’ve outgrown the space that I’m renting right now,” he said at a recent public hearing. “I need a special use permit before I buy [188 Herricks Rd.].”
Papangelopoulos’ current location can hold four cars, while the new spot can handle 10-12. He also plans to build four car lifts in the new spot and house additional vehicles.
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