Portuguese citizens have brought some good traditions with them. None is more enjoyable than the annual Palm Sunday breakfast of the Lions Club. With sausages, eggs, pancakes and bacon there's not much to dislike. Among those we met were Victoria Dovale, Virginia Silva, Rosa Ribeiro, Maria Gorete Costa, the president, Custodio and Cidalia Dovale, Manuel Costa, Manuel and Maria Julia Valente, Jose Oliveira, Candi and Jack Maia, Fabio, Claudia and Paula Marietto, Antonio, Marlene and Maltisse Barreira, Sam and Pina Marguno, Lino Fereira, Joan and Richard Kanyuk, Tom and Gladys Forte, Rose Bernardo, Dick and Marguerite O'Callaghan, Ilidio Mendes, Tom and Marie Grosso, Fernanda Forman, Andrea Costa-Rothstock, Maria Mendes, Anna and Jack Costa, Joe Grilo, Herbert and Flor Farrel, Armando De Barros, Dominick De Oliveira, Meriedos and Ricardo Caudido and Manuel and Andre Paiva.
Lawrence Hutchison left Mineola years ago and now lives in Columbus, OH. He often travels to Cincinnati and wants to know where the museum honoring American nuns would be located in that city. Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, is part of a group that is making the exhibit a reality. The museum is located at 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati. The exhibit will run from May 16 to Aug. 30, then it will move to the Smithsonian in Washington and then to the Mississippi River Museum, which is in Iowa. Other locations are being worked on.
Joe and Marge Wood have done great work opening Monica House for released male prisoners. The couple, who live on Jackson Ave., are now trying to find a home for newly released women.
The loss of the parking field behind Franwin's Pharmacy has really hurt the people and the merchants. Parking was always tough in this area and now it's even worse. Eleanor Rigby's CJ Gifts, Kuck's Deli, Franwin and Gonzas have all suffered. In fact, this Mexican eatery decided to move away. We understand that the first bids for the paving of the lot were rejected as too high. Let's hope work starts soon.
Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, went to NYC on Good Friday to walk the Stations of the Cross with a group of about 300. They moved from the UN to the Pfizer building, different banks, the Army Recruiting Station and ended up in Times Square. One of our granddaughters, Kim Sanders, has been accepted to a medical college. She will start in August. Kim will graduate from Fordham University in May. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Sister Therese of Corpus Christi and Marge Kehoe lunched at the Seacrest. At the same diner were Tony and Sharon deFranco, Tony's sister-in-law Tina and daughter, Jennifer. Tony owns the local IHOP.
Ray Sikorski will be the next president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce. Other officers will be John Broder, Carmela Bernacchio, Linda Doerrbecker, Bill Greene and Isabel Garcia. Directors include Jerry Mehlman, Ronald Nagelberg, Robert Rosenthal, Ruth Stuart, Manny DeFreitas, Nancy Potoghese and myself.
Peter Fearon of Williston Park says his Volvo agency is doing very well in spite of the downturn. Volvo has a commercial called Pete and Re-Peat. So, naturally, when he and his son, who happens to be named Pete, come by, a lot of people say "Here comes Pete and Re-Pete." Pete is the husband of Maryann of CJ Gifts. Maryann doesn't care anything about the Yanks, Mets, Jets, Giants, Knicks and Nets; her sole interest is the NY Rangers. Unless you are a Ranger fan, don't mention anything else to this fiesty Irish gal, the former Maryann O'Hara.
Maybe church attendance is better than most people think. Over 1,000 attended the Portuguese Mass at Corpus Christi, while over 700 jammed the other Masses on Easter Sunday. The Protestant churches also reported high figures and the Jewish Temples around, reported more of their people observing the Passover.
When Don Quixote and Sancho Panza attacked the windmills of La Mancha, little did they know these "Giants" might be in our future. Today, wind turbines, along with solar energy, are much in the news as alternates to oil. The use of the wind and the ocean currents to spin the turbines could be our great source of electricity.
"Raining Cats and Dogs." You wonder where that expression came from. Foreigners are mystified by it. In the 1500s, houses often had thatched roofs with thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to stay warm when it rained. Cats, little dogs and other small creatures lived on the roof. When it rained hard it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence, the saying, "It's Raining Cats and Dogs."