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 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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
Mineola resident Dr. Margaret Ballantyne-Mannion celebrated a birthday Tuesday, May 20; one that ended with her taking a seat on the Mineola Board of Education for the 2014-15 school year as a new trustee, and the passage of the $87 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year by a 2-1 margin (760-328). She, along with incumbent trustee Nicole Matzer, received 751 and 759 votes, respectively.
Current trustee William Hornberger’s announced he would not seek a new term on the board in April, which vacated a seat. Ballantyne-Mannion, a resident of Mineola since 1972, announced her candidacy shortly before Hornberger’s decision. She currently holds an A.M. and
Ph.D in Hispanic studies from Brown University and is a professor of Spanish at CUNY York College.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner announced last week that this year’s recipient of the annual Mayors Award will be building inspector Robert Campagna.
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