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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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