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Around the Town with Lou: March 20, 2012

Success is the only word that can describe Mary Ann Fearon’s store, the Whistle Stop, located right next to the East Williston railroad station. With a limited amount of cash, she opened her store three years ago. In the current economy, few have the courage to open a new business. Mary Ann had worked at Lou Citro’s C&J Gift Shop located at Mineola Boulevard and Harrison Avenue for 12 years when she left to open her Whistle Stop. Every single person that was a regular at C&J went to her new store. Her business really took off when she got the lottery. The signs of her success are ubiquitous. Her store is always full of customers. She takes advantage of each occasion – Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day. The former Mary Ann O’Hara has a winning Irish wit. Her love of the New York Rangers and other sports gives her talking points to most customers. Her husband, Peter, works for Mercedes Benz. He left Volvo after 20 years and is now with Helm’s Bros. She has two sons, Pete and Kevin. Her dad helps out once in a while; John O’Hara is 80 years old.

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Have you noticed that great mural in Franwin Pharmacy’s window? The picture of the old fashioned drug store is an eye catcher. Mineola once had 10 drug stores. Franwin is the only independent pharmacy left and doing very well.

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Did you know that every issue of the Mineola American is preserved on microfilm at the Mineola Library? You can view any issue from 1952 to today.

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Bernadette O’Brien, who is so active at Corpus Christi Church, likes to shop at King Kullen.

Katherine Schull of Williston Park is a student nurse at Molloy College. She is a busy young lady working three days a week at a retail store.

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Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, was in Sacramento last month, in Kansas City March 11 and 12, in Chicago March 14 to 18, and will be in Los Angeles from March 18 to 22. Her position has taken her to more than 50 different cities in the United States, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from Minnesota to Texas, traveling mostly by air. She usually flies Southwest Airlines.

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Marcel Chaillol, past grand knight, and his wife Cathy and Marge and Tim Mahon of Mineola dined at Papa Joe’s restaurant next to the Herricks movie. Marcel was an electronics engineer with NASA and Tim worked as a window coordinator. He did the window displays of many fine stores.

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Narges Maleki does a great job as sexton at Corpus Christi Church. She and her husband Alfred live on First Street.

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Bob Mondello and his wife Cathy live on Roslyn Road. Bob worked for the LIRR for 31 years.

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Dan Flynn of Kennilworth Avenue served as a NYC cop for 25 years.

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Joe and Marge Wood live on Emory Road. Joe was the stewardship coordinator for the Brooklyn Diocese.

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The new organ has arrived at Corpus Christi and was very badly needed. However, Fran Luisi’s voice always sounds good with any organ.

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Gerald, Natalie and daughter Connie Schmitt live on Holly Avenue. He is a local locksmith.

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Robbie Woliver is a new editor-in-chief at Anton’s. Robbie has worked for years at the New York Times and at Newsday.

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Jim and Maureen Howard of Williston Park joined Grace and I for a pleasant dinner at Jonathan’s.

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At Jonathan’s we met Ted Weyn and his wife Jeanie of Williston Park. Ted is a retired druggist.

News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com