If only they had libraries like the one at Hampton Street School when I was a kid. It has the perfect combination of a modern-vibe with a traditional learning atmosphere. It is also big enough to give the building a larger-than-life attitude, yet small enough to give it a cozy, one-on-one instruction sense that many schools sadly lack today.
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Block parties are popular this time of the year. We dropped in on the one held between First Street and Garfield Avenue and met Lora Conway, Lauren and Fernando Mora, Peggy Rodreguez, Evelyn O’Rourke, Maria and Seth Seoparson, Amy Levine with Emily, Madison and Jeremy, Dee and John McLaughlin and kids Connor, Danielle and Gavin, Jill and Mike Braster and children Ryan and Tyler, Jerry and Joan Genova with Nicole and Raymond, Karen Garvey, Bill and Mary Ann McLaughlin, Jackie Hunt, Denise Klass, Denise McHowan and others.
Hopefully, in another 60 years, the Mineola American will still be covering local news and there’ll be a 120th anniversary edition available for residents. I’ll be 85.
But let’s not think too far into the future. Let’s start with the past, specifically Sept. 4, 1952, the first edition of the local weekly.
Are you looking to join a group of active seniors in the Mineola area? A group that provides speakers on topics of senior interests, such as steps to take to prevent falls? One that provides musical entertainment featuring many of the classics that we heard on the radio in our younger days? One that provides good fellowship and socialization at monthly meetings?
Then join the Mineola chapter of the AARP. You need not be a resident of Mineola. We have members from all the surrounding communities; Albertson, Williston Park, New Hyde Park and others.
Memorial Park, home to quite a few monuments that honor present and past veterans, took a different focus yesterday on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. It’s as if it were yesterday that smoke was billowing from Lower Manhattan after terror struck the Big Apple. But here we are, 11 years later and the memories are as clear as the sunny day that was upon the world until two planes struck the World Trade Center.
Clunky, slow and bland. Those are three words that would’ve described the Village of Mineola website…not anymore. The village recently unveiled a new website, which is mile better than its predecessor. The calendar is clearly visible, the load time is quick, not slovenly and what was once gray and red is now village-oriented in orange and white.
With the recession of 2008, Manhasset and other downtown centers in the Town of North Hempstead have seen an increase in vacant storefronts. Because there is no regulation of these landlords, these empty storefronts, many of which have been vacant for several years, are unattractive eyesores and detract from the downtown shopping experience.
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“My dream is to own my own newspaper,” said my boss at the Binghamton Press, the daily I used to work for. I thought, good enough for him, how about Grace and I starting a paper? I went to every village in Nassau and the only place with no paper was Mineola. I had just $2,000 in the world, but 60 years ago in 1952 that was more money than it sounds like today. The first issue came out Sept. 3. Each week we prayed there would be another week and there always was.
Who knew newspaper subscriptions cost $2 more than 60 years ago? Lou Sanders did, and he knew it well. I interviewed him recently as part of a feature that will appear in the upcoming Guide to Mineola. At the inception of the Mineola American, his kids even helped on the paper.
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