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Noodle House Fire Fines

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 June 2014 00:00

104 Mineola Blvd. LLC was fined $2,500 and recently pleaded guilty to operating without a plumber’s license and unpermitted work in Mineola Village Court. Two plumbers sparked a fire in the second floor apartment above Wong’s Noodle House on Monday, April 7, authorities said. 


“This is what happens when you have unlicensed plumbers doing unlicensed work,” Village Building Superintendent Dan Whalen said.


Going Sign Coming Down Soon?

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

The Village of Mineola has asked Winthrop University Hospital to hire an outside firm to conduct a roof engineering report of the Station Plaza Diner before going forward with plans to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the building, according to village officials.

Winthrop expressed interest in the sign last September. According to hospital reps, Winthrop plans to have a new sign installed within the next four to six weeks.


Mayor Scott Strauss indicated a the village is taking a “wait and see” approach when it comes to renovation of the sign. He said Winthrop may not need to submit its plans for the village zoning board of appeals, depending on what the building department finds.


First Portugal Day Parade A Smash Hit

Written by Geoffrey Walter Wednesday, 11 June 2014 00:00

Nearly 10,000 people lined Jericho Turnpike—or as it was known on on Sunday,  June 8 as “Portugal Boulevard”—for the inaugural Portugal Day Parade through the village, easily making it the largest parade the village has celebrated in recent memory.


Lasting about two hours, the parade began on Saville Road next to Chaminade High School before turning east on to Jericho Turnpike, spanning the whole distance to Roslyn Road, where it turned south before heading east on Westbury Avenue and ending at the Hampton Street School athletic field.


More than 50 groups celebrating Portuguese heritage, as well as numerous floats and classic cars were included in the parade, the first time in about 20 years that a parade in the village has had such deep and specific Portuguese ties.


Mineola Resident Runs For Sister

Written by Mineola American Staff, Saturday, 07 June 2014 00:00

Mineola resident Liz Holzknecht will take part in the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon in Boston to raise funds and awareness for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck on June 8. Holzknecht will be running in her third half-marathon since she took up running last year as part of a New Year’s Resolution.

Holzknecht will run in honor of her late sister, Kate, who attended the camp. Kate’s 24th birthday would have been on June 9—the day after the race. Kate suffered from many disabilities, including not being able to verbalize with others.

Despite her disabilities, Kate always managed to show her love for the camp and its staff.


Southern Flavor At Boxcar Diner

Written by Christopher Gavin, Friday, 06 June 2014 00:00

On the outside, the classic-styled, shining steel diner on East Second Street may look like a throwback to the 1950s, but on the inside it’s simply home to Louisiana cooking.

The restaurant, Biscuits and Barbeque, boasting a menu of homemade Southern classics like crawfish and jambalaya dishes, opened in March 2012 under the leadership of co-owners Joan Gallo and Tom Sullivan. The pair also own The Delta Grill in Manhattan—which started bringing New Orleans to New York in 1997—and certainly understand how to make Cajun cuisine authentic, even if the Mississippi River is a few thousand miles away.


Water Rate Change Coming In Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano, Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:54

The Village of Mineola will enact water rate increases for homeowners, construction sites and outside entities after a ruling at a recent public hearing. Rates have not increased since 2005.

Mineola reps cited production costs and water equipment updates as drivers of the rate increase.

“We’re at a point here with the water rates,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “They haven’t been evaluated since I think, 2005. We’re talking nine years. We’re at a critical point and we need to concern ourselves with future projects regarding the water department and water distribution.”


Memorial Day Parade Honors Vets

Written by Geoffrey Walter, Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

“Today by title is one of grief and remembrance,” said Adolph Block Post 1305 Commander and D-Day invader Tom Scardino on Monday, May 26 from the rear deck of the Mineola Memorial Library overlooking Memorial Park and a medium-sized crowd gathered near the war monument below. “Today is Memorial Day; when we pay tribute to our fallen heroes. Today we wish to also honor the wives, the children, parents, fathers, the brothers, sisters and friends of the heroes who paid that supreme price.”


Creative Cups Is Back, Mineola

Written by Mineola American Staff Saturday, 31 May 2014 00:00

Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, fabric, beads, and paint Mineola. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fundraising event of the Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back and two local residents have already submitted designs. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island where artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends and family members and others have used originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art.


Submitted creations must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in the auction/gala on March 19, 2015 at Adelphi University in Garden City. Those wishing to create a bra are encouraged to sign up early, as entrants will be limited to 200. Below are two Mineola entries from last year.


Bandshell Bid Revealed

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 30 May 2014 00:00

The Village of Mineola selected Jackson Avenue-based Valente Contracting to handle the majority of the revamp of Memorial Park, starting with the construction of a bandshell at the southern part of the property. Valente’s $1.55 million bid was the lowest of four sent to the village. Bids were due May 16.


“In essence, we’re redoing the whole park, with the exception of our tennis courts and existing playground facilities,” Village Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini said. “The tennis courts will be looked at separately. It’ll be either immediately in the future or some time later.”


The bandshell would be built near the Mineola Memorial Library and stand 22 feet high at its peak.  Valente will also repave paths in the park.


Hopes Run High for Annual 8K Race

Written by Christopher Gavin Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

The New Hyde Park-Mineola Runners Club is going the distance once again this year by hosting its annual 8K race. Proceeds from the June 1 rain or shine event will benefit wounded veterans in Nassau County and Boy and Girl Scout troops from the area.


Festivities begin at 8 a.m. and planned activities for the day include a quarter-mile fun run for kids and a two-mile community walk, in addition to the 8K race, which starts and ends at Denton Avenue Elementary School in New Hyde Park. The 37-year-old competition is also a part of the USA Track and Field Long Island Division and is recognized as an 8K Grande Prix Championship. Last year, the club saw between 400 and 500 participants, a figure race director and Club President Harold Axelrod said he hopes to match this weekend.


“So we have something for everyone,” he stated.


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