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Diamond Gets GOP Nod for 16th AD Race

Friday, 03 September 2010 00:00

Mineola Resident Will Challenge Incumbent Schimel

Scott David Diamond, a resident of Mineola, is the Republican/Conservative candidate for the 16th Assembly District of the New York State Assembly. He will be challenging the incumbent Democrat, Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck). Diamond currently works as a paralegal contractor for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. The Mineola area is located in the 16th AD.


Crimestopping Technology Could See Expanded Use in Nassau County

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 03 September 2010 00:00

In the “old” days, police would receive a 911 call about shots fired in an area and respond to the scene with possible fatalities or severe injuries. For one year now, police have been able to respond within seconds of a shooting occurring.


Village Expands Overlay District

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00

Expanded Area to Include Four Blocks from Jackson Avenue To Searing Street, West of Oyster Bay Train Line

The Board of Trustees of Mineola voted to expand the overlay district at its most recent meeting. The expansion gives the village the opportunities under the development incentive bonus law, which would require developers to come before the board for approval as well as provide amenities to the village.


Village Meets with MTA/LIRR to Address Flooding Issue

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00

Possible Solutions for Drainage Discussed

MTA/LIRR and Mineola representatives recently met to discuss a possible solution to the flooding that takes place during heavy rainfall near the Mineola Train Station and its intermodal center. Mineola Mayor Jack Martins was at the meeting, but details of the meeting are unknown at this time.


Mineola Board of Education Opts for Bond Option Two

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 August 2010 00:00

Public Vote Set for October 26

The Mineola School Board of Education voted to opt for bond option two at its regular business meeting last week after the finance committee of the school district presented its findings. District Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler recommended to the board that it pursue bond option two during its July 22 meeting. The bond will be out for vote on Oct. 26.

However, if a successful bond referendum is not passed, the district will reconfigure the school district under reconfiguration option one. Option one consists of the closing of the Hampton Street School and Cross Street School with a pre-K-2 south model at the Willis Avenue School and a mirrored model at the Meadow Drive School but with a north jurisdiction.

Grades three and four would be at the Jackson Avenue School, with grades five through seven being at the middle school. Mineola High School would have an eighth through twelfth grade model under option one.


Residents Oppose Possible Chinese Food Take-Out Restaurant

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 August 2010 00:00

Board of Trustees Puts

Special Use Permit Application on Hold

Mineola residents were packed to the gills at a public hearing last week that addressed the special use permit application of Wei Ji Lin to establish a Chinese take-out restaurant on Old Country Road. The restaurant would sit in a row of stores located between Juniper Avenue and Geranium Avenue on Old Country Road. It seems like the perfect spot to complement the fairly new Kemistry Restaurant and Lounge and stores of the like.

However, unlike most restaurants in the area, it would sit directly south of residential housing, particularly Geranium and Juniper Avenues. Various residents said that they’re inconvenienced already by restaurant-goers parking illegally to “get a quick bite” and the smells and odors that have been emanating from restaurants nearby.


New Playground Jungle Gyms to Be Installed in Wilson Park

Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00

Swing Sets Already Built After Summer Vandalism

Mineola’s Department of Public Works announced on Aug. 4 that new jungle-gyms will be installed at Wilson Park. The village will be purchasing two new sets for the park. The new structures will have a combined cost of $40,612.


Mineola, Garden City and Verizon Test Noise At Plant

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00

Timetable on Results Still Unknown

Mayor Jack Martins revealed last week that sound engineering consultants from all three parties involved in the Verizon noise issues visited the site recently and conducted noise tests. Martins visited the site briefly during the tests, but had to wait outside until the tests were completed.


Library Holds Landscape Art Show

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00

Artist: “Photos Have a Life All Their Own”

With each click of a button and zoom of the lens, Joel Weber feels the life rushing into his eyes. With each photo, comes a story.

Weber feels all photos have a story, even if a person or living thing doesn’t grace an 8 x11 frame. It’s more about composition, according to the artist and that the structure of the photo is what tells the tale. That’s what he was trying to convey in the Mineola Library’s Walter and Joan Hobbs Gallery last week.


MTA, County Continue Fight Over Busing

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00

NC Files Suit Over Tax, MTA Says ‘Pay for Your Own Bus’

It became official last week that the MTA plans to cut its funding to Long Island Bus, a move that will effectively eliminate all bus service to over 100,000 Nassau County residents who rely on it daily. A war of words between Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the MTA has now escalated to a legal battle, with the county filing suit over the controversial MTA employer payroll tax.


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