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Around The Town With Lou: May 1, 2012

Editors note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife Grace, founded The Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

Mineola is the home of William Donohue, the head of the Catholic League. He is a big, friendly Irishman, but if he feels that the rights of the church are under attack, he turns into a fierce opponent.

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Mary Ann Fearon and Mary Gorry, who are best friends, went to Dover, Delaware to see Kevin Fearon, Mary’s son, in a ball game. Ms. Gorry is Kevin’s godmother.

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Jay and Pat Belton of Bauer Place are an interesting couple. He is a lab assistant at North Shore LIJ and Pat is a retired nurse.

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Steve Freitas worked for many years for The New York Times. He and his wife Porata live in town.

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The role of baseball umpires sure has changed. About 30 years ago, they were a much-abused group getting complaints from both the home team and the visitors. Today, the umps rule with an iron hand. If the batter says anything about the called strike or even gives the ump a dirty look, he is tossed out the game. The managers don’t get much better treatment either and are thrown out if their complaint lasts more than a minute.

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Tara, Sean, and Eryn McKenna and grandma Nancy Schwemmer, lunched at the Williston Town House.

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Jay Leno spotted an ad for a supermarket that was supposed to read “high quality, low prices.” It came out “high prices and low quality.” Yikes!

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Cathy Buerkel, who was born in Mineola, and lived on Wellington Road, was married to the late Walter Sysak, Jr. She now lives in Point Lookout with her husband Tom Doner, a retired detective. Their son, Walter Sysak, III, recently celebrated his birthday.

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Irene and Emil Nych enjoyed watching the Easter parade of antique cars in Garden City. Irene’s brother, Al, came up from Philadelphia to see the parade as did her other brother Phil, and his wife Barbara, who live in Mattituck. Irene worked in Anton’s Circulation Department and Emil is a NYPD cop.

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Former Mayor Ed Smith and his wife Evelyne are doing well in Connecticut. Ed was a great mayor and a fine president of the Chamber of Commerce. Ed and Evelyne hope to visit Mineola soon. No, Ed is not related to the captain of the ill-fated Titanic, Edward Smith.

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Good news to hear Mike Doughtery is walking well again after his fall.

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Msgr. Edward Tarrant of Corpus Christi Church roots for the Mets.

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You know it’s spring when you see Chaminade’s Brother Richard skating around the village. Then again, he skated most of the winter as well. Brother Richard is the German language teacher.

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City Council President Catherine Quinn’s grandma was on the Titanic. She was a 19-year-old girl who was among the many Irish who boarded the ship at Southhampton.

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Did my grandfather have it right? He said if the Republicans are in power, vote for the Democrats; if the Dems are in power, vote for the GOP.

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Congrats to Bill Greene, the president-elect of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce.

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Our daughter, Sister AnnMarie, often attends meetings where she knows nobody. As a good icebreaker they tell her to say, “How about those Mets!”

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Nicole Lockwood of Mineola High School is doing her senior project and is observing the inner-workings of Anton Newspapers. She plans on attending Baruch College.


In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4


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