Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
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.
I remember there being imbedded old, impressive trolly tracks upon my first glance of old Main Street as a boy. Their removal and worse, a hideous looking tiered parking garage, now destroys the street’s original character.
The aforementioned are all history now. Progress must be served. So we look forward to perhaps removing another meaningful, perhaps also historical landmark; the sign being there as long as I can remember.
So in closing I say, for once at least, let us cultivate a sense of nostalgic value here and refurbish this neglected sign; let it be a beacon once again, “Welcome To Mineola”, while brightening up the night sky, further enhancing the now refurbished Mineola railroad station and plaza.