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FOIL’d Attempt

Written by Port Washington News Editorial Staff Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00

The Mineola Village Board last week denied parts of resident and former trustee Larry Werther’s appeal of his Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. He filed a request asking for all documents pertaining to the recent Bolla Market public hearings, including board correspondence with Village Attorney John Spellman, communications between Spellman and Bolla’s attorney John Altman and intra-board communications—all of which are not FOILable, according to the board.

 

However, documents in Werther’s request that contained talks with Spellman, Altman and Getty are available but have not been picked up, which leaves Werther, or taxpayers, on the hook for $64.50. There are more than 258 documents, according to village

officials.

 

Bandshell Proposed For Memorial Park

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

The Village of Mineola is soliciting public bids for construction related to a bandshell at Memorial Park. The plan is part of a park improvement project which includes reconstructing a gazebo that was damaged and taken down after Hurricane Irene in 2011.

 

The bandshell would be built on the south end of the park near the Mineola Memorial Library and 22 feet high at its peak. Lighting will be installed for security, according to officials. The village expects the cost to run about $100,000. 

 

Numerous events are scheduled for the summer months. In recent years, Mineola has been renting a show-mobile from the Town of North Hempstead.  Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini said since the gazebo was taken down, officials have been huddling to find ways to improve the park.

 

Colorful Biz Seeks To Grow

Written by Domenica Farishian Friday, 10 January 2014 00:00

Joe and Debbie Lindner, co-founders and owners of Colorfully Yours, are used to hearing about people voting for County Executive Ed Mangano. But this time the vote is for them.

 

It’s all part of a campaign to help get their business $250,000 in funds from Chase Bank’s “Mission Main Street Grant.” 

 

“We had a company Facebook page for people to vote. We couldn’t believe one of the votes came from the County Executive himself,” Joe says.

 

Mangano Thanks ‘Team Nassau’

Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

 

 

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 2 at Bethpage High School. When a paper Bible couldn’t be located, he took the oath of office with his hand on an iPad that had the Bible on-screen. Here is his speech, 

abridged due to space limitations. 

 

Good Morning!

 

Allow me to start off by saying thank you, Governor Cuomo, for taking time to join me on this special day. I am deeply honored by your presence. Colleagues in government, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, family and friends: Thank you for celebrating with me today. 

 

Hold The Shake

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

The Mineola Village Board held off making a decision on an application by Jeremiah O’Carroll, owner of O’Carroll’s Recovery Room, to open a store selling shakes and smoothies in Station Plaza North. The store would sit next to the Recovery Room, a local bar, if approved.

 

O’Carroll has called Station Plaza home for five years. He feels the shake shop would bring more consumers to the train station.

 

“The reason why we plan to build a shake store there is the foot traffic,” he said. “It would be a nice thing to bring people to the plaza and Mineola.”

 

Mineola Men Arrested For Assault

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 04 January 2014 00:00

Two Mineola men were arrested for assault in Massapequa on Friday, Dec. 20 at 11:32 p.m.

 

According to detectives, Mineola residents Nicolas Russi, 19 and Santiago Orrego, 18, were driving and exited a 1999 Audi at a traffic light located at Louden Street and Sunrise Highway so they could confront a 20 and 28-year-old man who were driving a 2005

Cadillac. Police said the four were involved in verbal dispute while driving.

 

Town Posts Announced

Written by MINEOLA AMERICAN Staff Friday, 03 January 2014 00:00

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor-Elect Judi Bosworth announced the appointments of four individuals to senior management roles in her administration, which took office on Jan. 1. Bosworth commented, “I am pleased to announce the appointments of these experienced, highly-qualified public servants to senior management positions in North Hempstead government, as I continue my effort to build a leadership team that will reflect the integrity, accomplishment, diversity and responsiveness I intend to be the hallmarks of my administration.”

 

Volunteer Firefighters: Insurance Question

Written by Wendy Kreitzman Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00

The nation’s new Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has a provision that could put local fire departments—as well as local governments—at considerable financial risk. Fire-fighting departments with 50 or more members could be forced to provide health insurance for their volunteer firefighters or else pay substantial fines.

 

The health care law has specific insurance requirements for employers with 50 or more employees. While the U.S. Department of Labor terms these firefighters “volunteers,” the Internal Revenue Service classifies volunteer firefighters as employees.

 

Members of Congress are aware of this issue, though so far, no changes have been made at the federal level.

 

Opt-Out Policy On Mineola’s Mind

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

The Mineola School Board is currently reviewing options if parents elect to keep their kids home once the next round of “Common Core” testing hits the district. But leaders have indicated Mineola is in a holding pattern. Trustee William Hornberger broached the subject at a recent business meeting.

 

He asked if steps are being taken to address possible opt-outs, a tactic parents across Long Island are threatening to resort to.

 

Christmastime At The White House

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 28 December 2013 00:00

For Frank Lazzaro, getting into floral design was an accident, a stroke of luck. What started out as a makeshift Christmas decoration in the Army eventually landed him in the Oval Office at the White House serving as Christmas decorator for three presidents.

 

The former Mineola florist was serving at Fort Bragg, N.C. during the Vietnam War as supervisor of medical supplies in Womack Army Hospital when his boss made a request.

 

“I was in the military and my commanding officer needed a Christmas tree and some decorations,” Lazzaro said. “We had no money so we used Army socks and beer cans. We decorated a four-foot tree. My commanding officer said I should be decorating the general’s tree.”

 

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