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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

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