An employee arriving at Congregation Beth Chabad on Willis Avenue in Mineola discovered two swastikas spray-painted on the double doors of the synagogue. The swastika is the symbol of the Nazi regime that persecuted and murdered those of Jewish faith during World War II.
Police said the swastikas were put on the doors sometime between 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 and 5:30 a.m. on Friday, July 3. Police said the incident is being investigated as a bias incident.
The MTA hasn’t exactly earned the trust of the public lately with its recent fare increases and a state bailout plan that includes a payroll tax to help fund the agency’s budget. The distrust of the MTA has also found its way to the state legislature as Republican lawmakers in the Assembly are planning on introducing legislation to create more oversight of the MTA.
A bill with the supposed aim to reduce the property tax burden on New Yorkers by creating a mechanism to eliminate local governments has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson. The law now provides a way to eliminate villages through a petition and village-wide referendum or an act of the county legislature and a county-wide referendum.
The Mineola High School Class of 2009 graduated from high school on Saturday, June 27 with a ceremony at the Tilles Center. Leading the way for the class were Valedictorian Adria DiGiovanni and Salutatorian Brian Langone.
The Mineola School District has undergone a lot of changes over the past nine years, but the one thing that has remained constant was the service of Steve Siwinski. Since 2001, Siwinski has served on the board, but decided not to run for re-election and to retire from the volunteer position.
On the second floor of the Willis Avenue School in Mineola, the superintendent’s office is looking sparse. Dr. Larry Licopoli, who has spent the last eight years of his life as Superintendent of Schools for the Mineola School District, is getting ready to move on to the next phase of his life. Next week, the office will no longer be his, but belong to his successor Dr. Michael Nagler. While it’s hard to simply sum up eight years as the leader of a school district that educates 2,700 students, a pin Dr. Licopoli wears seems to do a pretty good job; it reads, “Kids First.”
The hearing for a condominium complex to be built at 250 Old Country Road in Mineola will continue tonight at Mineola Village Hall, 155 Washington Avenue at 6:30 p.m.
The village board first held the proposal at a hearing that was held last month. The proposal calls for the demolition of the building, located at 250 Old Country Road (the former site of the Keyspan building) that is currently owned by the MTA, and the construction of a nine-story, 257-unit condominium complex.
There are certain days in American history in which a mere mention of the date is enough to imply the importance of an event. One of those days is June 6, 1944, otherwise known as D-Day. On June 6, 65 years ago, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. Two of the men who were involved in the operation lived in Mineola — Ray Vaz and John DaVanzo.
Just a little more than a week after Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced that his campaign for another term as county executive would be about a property tax revolution, the energy tax imposed on Nassau County residents kicked in on June 1.
Hollywood has some pull, at least with the Village of Mineola.
A village road that had crumbled with holes and broken pavement was repaved by village workers just in time for the shooting of a movie.
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