Opinion

Residents of Portuguese heritage have been welcomed to our village for more than 70 years. The Carvalho Brothers opened their grocery store in 1935. There was a large Portuguese community in New Bedford, MA starting around 1900 attracted to that city because of the seafaring connection with their own country. Word spread that there were jobs to be had in Mineola. About a third of our population is now of Portuguese origin. With clean neat houses and lawns, very law abiding and devout Catholics, they have been an asset to Mineola. We have restaurants like Churrasquira, Heart of Portugal, Lareira, Cafe Sport and Nosso Café and businesses like Bakers of All Nations and Portugalia Bakery. Our Mayor Jack Martins and trustee Paul Pereira are of Portuguese descent as well as leading citizens like John Macedo, Candida Maia, Lino Pereira, Arlindo Cunha and Lino Fereira to name a few. Father Tomaz Gomide of Corpus Christi has been serving that parish for more than 30 years. Mineola is home to the Portuguese-American Club and the Portuguese Heritage Society on Willis Ave. Father Gomide comes from Brazil with its large Portuguese population; a few of the others come from Goa, the former Portuguese enclave on the coast of India.

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This Sunday will be the annual Kiwanis Super Bowl breakfast at the Village Hall. The first breakfast was held in 1991, the year the Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 as Scott Norwood missed a field goal wide in the closing seconds. The pancakes are donated by IHOP and the sausages by Churrasquira. All you can eat and remember that all money raised goes to local charitable causes. Admission is just $7, seniors pay $5 and kids $4.

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Jamie Braga of Barwick Boulevard is a waiter at LaMarmite. Jamie used to work at the Davenport, Picasso and Aqua Blue.

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Good to see our DA Kathleen Rice on 60 Minutes. Twice we have had her as a guest speaker at the Mineola Chamber of Commerce.

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Tom Morron of Foch Boulevard gave a talk at Corpus Christi about the important work of the Knights of Columbus and urged all men to join. By the way, Msgr. Edward Tarrant has been a Knight for 51 years.

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Dining at Churrasquira Barrado were John Macedo, Tony Rosado and the host Manny Carvalho. With great chicken, steaks, swordfish and Salmon and lots of parking Manny's space is very popular.

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Saw Eric Nystrom playing for the Calgary Flames against the Islanders. His dad Bobby scored the biggest goal in Islander's history to give them their first Stanley Cup victory in 1980. We all hope that the Isles stay right here where they belong.

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Speaking of hockey, they have no players shooting themselves, no players being investigated by the grand jury, no steroid charges, no sexual harassment cases and nobody refusing to play. No wonder I like the game.

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Carol, Sebastian and Rob DiBella enjoyed dinner at Cugini's.

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Yopps on Mineola Boulevard has been here since 1950 when it was first opened as the Big 3 Esso Station belonging to John and Bill DaVanzo. Norman and son Fred Yopp later purchased the station and converted it to Texaco. Fred and his brother Angelo still own it and today they sell Gulf gas.

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Members of the Mineola zoning board are Carl Marchese, John Carway, Rich Kotowski, Bill Grimm and the chairman John Macedo.

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John Ozajka of Naples, Florida was at Mineola Bicycle the other day where he worked for 50 years. John and his wife Ann used to live on Washington Avenue.

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Louis and Margo Dunninger have lived on Rudolf Road for 50 years. He is a retired fireman and Margo was the first woman ever made a court officer.

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Richie and Sandra Holecek enjoyed New Year's Eve at Gurney's Inn at Montauk Point. They live in the President Apartments and have four children, Carolyn, Rick, Holly and Joey. Richie has worked at AI Grand Auto for 13 years.


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