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Residents Splash Into Summer

John S. DaVanzo Community Pool Officially opens for its 51st year

The time is here again. The John S. DaVanzo Community Pool reopened for the summer on Saturday, June 16. Many residents, trustees and pool staff members, as well as John DaVanzo and Mayor Scott Strauss, gathered to celebrate.

Upon officially opening the door for the upcoming summer season, Mayor Strauss asked to commemorate a dedicated member of the Mineola community and the founder of Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Core, Joseph DiGiorgio, with a moment of silence. He passed away on June 13 at 90 years young.

“He loved Mineola,” Strauss said. “In his heart he did everything that was right.” 

Strauss went on to thank the village and pool staff.  He acknowledged their hard work that began many weeks prior to the pool’s opening.

“I think the place looks absolutely fantastic,” Strauss stated. “My hats off to the department of public works who do a great job every year for us.”

Mayor Strauss then directed his attention to the lifeguards and staff of the pool. He commended them for running a great program last year for Mineola’s residents and children. 

Strauss also discussed the vitality of safety at the pool each day.

“We give you guys the most important thing in the world to us and that is our kids,” Strauss said. “All I ask is that everybody that works here, including pool staff and lifeguards, do your best, keep your eyes open, and help us make this place as good as it is.”

The first lucky one to take a dive into the brisk water and to officially begin the start to a great summer at the John S. DaVanzo Pool was Andrew Maher, the son of the pool board member Richard Maher. After jumping into the pool with excitement, Andrew said, “It’s freezing!”

The enthusiasm of the pool and village staff and the rest of the Mineola community who gathered Saturday proved that this year will be one of the best summers yet.