I have been living in the vicinity of, or within, Mineola for over 66 years. I attended Mineola High School and graduated from what is now the middle school in 1957.
I remember attending the splendid original Mineola Fair located south of Old Country Road and roller-skating on Saturday mornings within the old Mineola Roller Rink, again on the south side of Old Country Road. I frequented the old architecturally beautiful landmark which was known as The Mineola Theater located on the southeast corner of First Street and Mineola Boulevard.
This drawing, designed by Richard Corrao of Mineola, is his take on what a new “Welcome to Mineola” sign should look like if the current ‘Going Sign’ gets revamped.
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, an Adelphi graduate, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
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The downtown street fair of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce was a huge success. “This was our best event with thousands coming,” said President Bill Greene. Among those we met were Mayor Scott Strauss, Trustee Dennis Walsh, Colleen Smith, Danielle Scarpinato, Shawn Dieterich, Marty and Paul Becker, Senator Jack Martins, Joe and Bridie Kirby, Charlie and Sally Patterson, Kim Barnett and her sons Michael and Danny, Kathy Ciarkio, Bachir Al-Okla, with Noova, Nada and Nadeem, Bill Bradey, Raquel Olivivara, Mart Vacchiano, Chrissy Becker, Cathy Whitley, Juliana Lupo, Joanna Pedretti, Cara and Jolie Tichert, Linda Stewart, Ed Hajduk, Ryan Schuelerdonald and Kathleen Kerzner, Charlotte and Frank Zuniga, Butch Scorge, Mary Matson, Linda Doerrbecker, Steven Frankel, Gretchen Kretkowski Rieger, Meagan and Caifin Parker, Tom and Maryanne Warnecke and granddaughter Grace, Roseann and John Peritore, Gregory Gangemi, Richard Kennedy, John Rudinski, Michael Lincoln, Harry Palms and Angelo Ferrara and wife Pat. He is a town councilman.
Mineola’s lengthening of the terms of trustees from two to four years is just another example of placing politicians in office and you can’t get rid of them. It seems that once someone gets in, they are there forever.
This does not save money. It costs more due to no new ideas, and the same old machine cranking out the same nonsense year after year, mostly without the public’s knowledge or say so. A very bad idea Mineola.
As I do recall the “Welcome to Mineola” sign in its entirety during its heyday, I do feel it has since become an eyesore to the community after Hurricane Sandy. Nonetheless, I would love to see it replaced and maybe modernized with something digital perhaps.
However, we do have to caution that what we place upon that building will be exposed to the elements and therefore it must be maintained. A suggestion would be a digital sign that tells visitors: “Welcome to Mineola” and maybe offer the time, date and the current weather conditions, or something similar.
I don’t think anyone would disagree with me that there is nothing more important than the futures of our community’s children. Yet, in New York, too many of those futures are being limited and postponed by a state criminal justice system that treats kids – 16- and 17-year-olds – accused of nonviolent crimes like hardened adult criminals.
Forty-eight other states have found these kids worthy of redirection, rehabilitation and age-appropriate intervention. New York’s justice system should follow suit and change the way it handles kids accused of minor, nonviolent offenses.
The new school year is well under way.
I admit that I personally dread the week it begins. Maybe because I remember that sinking feeling as the days of summer would wind down and we prepared for homework, books and bedtimes. Nowadays, it’s the never-ending lists of school supplies and the coordination of jam-packed calendars that puts a damper on things.
We spent billions of dollars on the war in Iraq that led to the loss of our servicemen and the loss of innocent civilians. We do not need and cannot afford another war.
Ten years ago the United States engaged in military action against Iraq after President George W. Bush presented evidence looking for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). No WMDs were ever discovered, nonetheless, the US military engaged in war with an already troubled nation. Eventually, the Iraqi people were freed from the clutches of a despotic madman who has been in power since 1979 who left behind mass graves and torture chambers. However, they were freed at the cost of brave men and women of the United States, and they will not be forgotten.
I have lived in Mineola at Birchwood Court since 1994. For several of those years I worked at 222 Station Plaza North (Greater NY Savings Bank/Astoria Federal Bank) in the shadow of the “Going”sign.
I’ve watched it deteriorate over many years and I strongly believe that Winthrop should be given the opportunity to refurbish, restore and maintain this sign, as they are such a big part of this community.
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, graduate of Adelphi University, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
Organized religions are taking a beating. Catholic churches are half empty. Protestants have the same problem and Jews are also seeing declining numbers in their congregations. Only the Muslims are filling their mosques. In Western
Europe, Christian churches are empty. On the other hand the churches of Africa, Latin America and Asia are full. Who knows what all this means?
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