Inside a car zooming past the train station on Mineola Blvd., a phone buzzes with a text message. Who is it from? What is it about? The anticipation and uncertainty are too much for some drivers, who reach for their cell phones to check despite the dangers.
Anton Community Newspapers recently set out to study texting drivers on L.I. and observed approximately 32 of 300 motorists--10.6 percent--driving down Mineola Blvd. guilty of checking their phones behind the wheel.
For many, Hollywood can be inspiring. As if they were set to a strict standard, movies tell tales of mystery, romance, adventure and conflict. The film adaptation of the hit musical, Les Misérables, was no exception to this criteria when it reached theaters last December. However, the impact it had on the alumni of Mineola High School is a different story.
The revived public interest in the musical, which is set during the French Revolution, provided a small group of alumni with an opportunity to reunite for their own take on the classic show, according to John Watts, an alum and a co-musical director for the production who will also play the lead role.
Twelve homes were evacuated after Nassau County contractors punctured a 4-inch gas main on Sheridan Boulevard in Mineola on Tuesday, July 16. This was their first day of work on the county’s portion of the Bruce Terrace Flood Project.
The flood project plan should remediate issues on the Mineola/Carle Place border. Work also halted on Dow Avenue at the time of the leak.
The year is 1780. Historic ships sail across the foamy, blue Long Island seascapes during the War for Independence. This setting was recently created through a gallery of historic nautical art, which featured ship models and artwork by Mineola native, Ed Cortez.
According to Cortez, the gallery will continue to be open on weekends until July 21 at 130 South Country Rd. in Remsenburg, N.Y. Cortez has one painting on display, two drawings but his biggest contribution is his ship models.
Frank Sanchez, also known by his friends as “Maestro Sanchez,” has spent over two decades dedicating his life to music and musical theatre. Growing up in Mineola, Sanchez decided early that he wanted to be in show business. When he was 5 years old he had a life changing experience.
“My cousin came up from Florida and took me to see Showboat,” he said. “It was the first time I ever saw a Broadway play and from then on I was hooked.”
Security upgrades are currently under way in every Mineola School District building, according to district superintendent Michael Nagler. Mineola announced in January that it would enhance its security measures after the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in December.
Work at all five schools should be completed in September. New openings will be built into the main offices in Hampton Street and Meadow Drive schools and an office reconfiguration at Meadow Drive will switch the principal’s office with the main office to create security vestibules, dubbed “man-traps.”
This year’s installation dinner was held at the La Marmite Restaurant in Williston Park, where a virtual who’s who of local and county government was present, including recently appointed Town of Oyster Bay Clerk James Altadonna, formerly the mayor of Massapequa Park.
Linus (right) with his owner Larry Werther of Andrews Road in Mineola.
The Mineola Village Board recently approved the expansion of the 100+year old Grace Assembly of God Church at 172 Willis Avenue. This marks a large extension that village officials and church reps feel will not impact the community negatively.
Robert Robles of Rockville Centre-based RJW Architecture will handle the expansion, which includes the demolition of the part of the building that was built in the ’50s. The front section of the church, which was built in 1899, will not be demolised , according to village documents obtained by the Mineola American. An extension was added in 2007.
After a tumultuous end to the school year, the Mineola School District reorganized its board of education on Tuesday, July 2, swearing in newcomers Patricia Navarra and Nicole Matzer. The board elevated Artie Barnett and Christine Napolitano to board president and vice president, respectively. William Hornberger will serve as trustee and report on finance committee happenings.
Navarra replaces trustee Irene Parrino, who lost her seat to Navarra in the recent election.
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