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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

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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