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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.

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