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Editorial: In The Home Stretch

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00
I just finished chronicling Mineola American issues from 2006 to 2011 for an upcoming special edition and boy what a ride it has been. From the centennial celebration, to battling for village and school boards, to the Third Track Proposition that was met with ire by Long Island residents near and far.

The one story that dominated the last few years has been the development of the Winston Manor complex, which recently attained Nassau County Industrial Development Agency approval. It’s been at the forefront of the village’s psyche since 2008.

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins: August 7, 2012

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Slowly But Surely

Back in February of 2011, I met Susan, a resident of New Hyde Park, who shared with me yet another of those Long Island Rail Road stories that can drive sane people mad.

Just a few weeks before, Susan had decided to avoid the snow-covered roads and purchased two one-way tickets at the New Hyde Park railroad station. She didn’t use the return fare since she was able to get a ride home. When she tried to refund the ticket, she was shocked to learn MTA policy called for a $10 processing fee regardless of the ticket’s price. That was more than her $7.25 ticket. Imagine a refund fee more costly than the actual product itself.

 

Editorial: It Takes Time

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
I may have no authority to call my task a tall one, considering my predecessor had to comb more than 50 years of documented news for the 50th anniversary edition of the Mineola American. When I started at Anton on April 12, 2010 (I only remember because it was two days before the anniversary of the Titanic sinking), I brushed through about a year’s worth of newspapers so I’d have some sort of head start when I finally took the reins of the official paper of the village.

With 2012 being the 60th anniversary year, I have been assigned the task of documenting from Nov. 21, 2001 until 2012. Most would say ‘It’s only 10 years? Joe Rizza did 50.’ That’s one shadow I’ll never get out of; a shadow I’ll gladly reference back to and carry on my shoulders until my knees buckle.

 

Around the Town with Lou: July 31, 2012

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Bill Greene, president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce, announced that Mayor Scott Strauss would be the guest speaker on Sept. 18. The meeting, with all residents invited, will be held at the Village Hall. After the mayor delivers his “State of the Village” speech, those who wish can have dinner at the Piccola Bussola restaurant. Greene said that the speaker for October would be State Senator Jack Martins.

 

Editorial: Summer Fun At Memorial Park

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Get out to the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra Concert on Friday, July 27. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to big band in this day and age of digital downloads and MP3 players. The Nassau Pops performs music favorites from Broadway, television and the movies. Whether it is the beautiful melodies of Rodgers and Hammerstein or the exciting screen music of John Williams, you can always count on the Nassau Pops to present a great mixture of popular and light classical music.

It’s a rare occasion to hear classic movie themes live and if you’re smart, you won’t miss this chance to hear the Nassau Pops.

— RF

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins: July 23, 2012

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

In The Line Of Duty

I’d like to share with you the story of Paul Brady, a Malverne firefighter who was killed in his firehouse in 2006.  Brady, who was 42 at the time, had been working on top of one of the trucks in the firehouse when another firefighter mistakenly drove it out, not realizing he was up there.  Paul was consequently crushed between a beam in the ceiling and the truck.

As heartbreaking as this is, it got worse. Brady’s name was prevented from being placed on the wall of the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany. In fact, it had been declined four times by the committee that oversees it.

 

Editorial: Flooding Relief On Its Way?

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00
In my time at Anton Community Newspapers I’ve noticed, particularly on days of heavy rainfall, East Second Street looks like the Nile River on a bad day. Torrential downpours make navigating the streets almost impossible. Hopefully this new drainage project being worked on to bring flood relief to the Bruce Terrace area, as well as my office’s block, will do the trick.
 

Around the Town with Lou: July 16, 2012

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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“Ship Tight” is the way Kyle Teemsma, the pool director and the two supervisors, Carl Santelmo and Catherine Lusardi run the facility. The rest of the crew are Peter Abbate, Richie Baierwalter, Annemaria Brusca, Meghan Bulva, Gabby Cantileno, John Conway, Mike Falco, Tony Franzino, Julie Frey, Pat Holliday, Jack McDevitt, Alicia Mercurio, Kevin Mulder, Megan Murphy, Katie and Emma Sienk, Kim and Nicole Sparacino, Emily Spencer, Joe Spollen, Dan, Jackie, Katie and Sean Stagnari, Christine Wengler, Nick Laginestra, Marisa Athan, Ashley Barnett, Chris Brostek, John Curry, Dom Derosa, Nick Fabuano, Teresa Ferreri, Ryan Freehill, Julie Giaimo, Catia Concalves, Keanu Hines, Kimmy Lopes, Sal Massa, Shana Natale, Sarah Pritchard, Allie Steinberg and Billy Sullivan.

 

From the desk of NY State Senator Jack Martins: July 9, 2012

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Independence Day

Regarding this past Fourth of July, I thought I’d go beyond a column wishing you the usual round of safe holidays and hearty barbecues.  Don’t get me wrong. Of course, I hope your holiday will be all of those things and more, but sentiment alone is never enough for a thoughtful column.  Instead, I thought we could reflect on a more particular aspect of the holiday and how it may actually apply to some good news about our home state of New York.

As I was exiting the senate chamber at the end of our legislative session few weeks ago, one of my colleagues wished me a “Happy Independence Day.” His phraseology gave me pause. You simply don’t hear too many people choose “Happy Independence Day” over “Fourth of July” anymore.

 

Editorial: You Stay Cool Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00
This heat wave we have been experiencing has seen shirts drenched, hair soaked and skin toasted. My advice? Look no further than the John S. DaVanzo Community Pool just around the corner from Anton Newspapers. It’s worth the trek with a huge, cold pool and its offering of much needed rest and relaxation.
 

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