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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

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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