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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 nine-story apartment building at 250 Old Country Road is rising on schedule, according to developers. Lake Success-based Lalezarian Developers is constructing a nine-story, 315-unit complex at the site.

 

Kevin Lalezarian estimated the project is about 20 percent complete.

 

“Our foundation is nearly complete,” Lalezarian said. “Our superstructure is proceeding. That’s the main thing happening right now.”

The Mineola Fire Department is looking to replace its Company Two engine, Truck 168. The truck is 25 years old, consisting of an articulating boom and bucket.

 

A new truck would cost upwards of $1 million, fire reps said.

 

“The current truck has served the village well for many years, but is in need of replacement,” Chief of Department Jeff Clark said.


Sports

The Mineola Hurricanes recently swept the Smithtown Bulls recently pounded the Smithtown Bulls in two games, winning 9-1and 6-1 at Brady Field in Smithtown. In game one, Chris Marotta brought the heat against the Bulls. 

 

Smithtown managed just one hit off of Marotta, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out eight during his five innings of work. The Bulls jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Had college lacrosse burst onto the scene one generation earlier, one local resident would have become a household name within the inner circles.  Settling for three National Championships and a professional contract, however, is not a bad consolation prize.

 

Alex Rosier can now add one more accomplishment to the resume, nearly 20 years after his college career ended. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - August 13

International Night - August 14

What Matters To You - August 15


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