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Around the Town with Lou: November 12, 2012

Editor’s 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 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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I have been crazy about hockey since I was a little kid following the long forgotten New York Americans. They played in the NHL from 1925 to 1942. They never won anything but they were my guys. In fact, I named this newspaper after them. The news that the Islanders were moving to the Barclay Center in Brooklyn hit me hard. I had followed the Isles during their 40 years at the Nassau Coliseum. I remember when they were the champs from 1980 to 1983 and you couldn’t get a ticket and the last couple of years you could hardly give them away. When Tom Suozzi, a Democrat, was county executive, he attempted to work with Islanders owner, Charles Wang, to build a new coliseum. The Republicans were against it. When the Republican County Executive Ed Mangano was working with Wang for a new building, the Democrats were, of course, opposed. Later, we had that referendum; the voters defeated the proposed bond. Twenty-nine years without a cup saw attendance drop. Unless the Isles were playing the Rangers, they seldom sold out games. I went to lots of games and the rest I watched on MSG. I will sorely miss the Isles, but at least they are still technically on the island and will thus keep their name.

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John and Maria Vafiadis have lived on Garfield Avenue for 17 years. John is a carpenter.

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Joan Callocci now lives in Williston Park, but for 50 years she had a house on Emory Road. She works at the Northside School and enjoys an occasional trip to Dunkin’ Donuts.

I never enjoy talking to a machine. Press one for this, press two for the next thing and so on, sometimes up to nine. Most of them! None of the options apply to what I want. It’s not until I get a real live person that I get any satisfaction.

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Rick and Joanne Ueland live on Foch Boulevard. For many years, he worked for The New York Times. He now works for a newspaper in Maine.

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Tom, Maryann and son Charlie Warnecke, live in town. Tom is a computer programmer and Maryann is a nurse.

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A thousand people attended a Mass at Corpus Christi Church celebrated by the Brazilian Cardinal, Geraldo Majella Agnelo, the retired Bishop Primate of Brazil.

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What a man! John Davanzo spent four days in the hospital. The first day home he goes right to work at his post as the official guide of the village hall. John takes no salary.

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Manuel and his late wife, Dina Gonsalves, for 27 years, owned the Mineola Deli and Grocery at the corner of Willis Avenue and Jericho Turnpike. He sold the store six years ago. Manuel lives on Columbus Parkway.

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Cathy Seewalk of Roberts Mens store likes to shop at King Kullen.

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Sean and Sharon McDermott celebrated her birthday at Eleanor Rigby’s. He is a marine engineer and she is a nurse. They reside on Wilson Blvd. At another table we found Russ Miller of Mineola.

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Jeremy Reyes of Marcellus Road does a good job as a lay reader at Corpus Christi Church.

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Always good to see Kyle and Bob Teemsma. He is a retired cop and she is the manager of the Mineola Pool.

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Kevin Marino of Burkhard Aveue plays in the Nassau County band.

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Jay Leno spotted this ad, “All of our people are licensed and boned.” Kind of like filtered, I guess!

News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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