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Around The Town With Lou: November 16, 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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President Obama has been re-elected and I hope everybody, Republicans and Democrats, will support him in the struggles ahead. I also congratulate our two Mineola officeholders, State Senator Jack Martins and from Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. I get a kick out of many people running for offices that say, “I’m not a politician, but my opponent, he is, or my opponent, she favors special interest but I don’t.” I guess the worst thing you can be is a politician.

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Marie and George Toscano are both pharmacists. They have lived on Lincoln Avenue for the past 26 years.

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Jim Agnew and daughter are both parishioners of Corpus Christi. Jim is a longtime usher.

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Marge Hill likes to eat at Cugini’s.

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A while back, our daughter, Sister Annmarie was visiting the Thousand Islands when she met James and Louise and daughter, Theresa Powers, of Mineola. Another daughter, Maggie, works at the Cuttin’ Club.

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During the storms, the supermarkets ran out of milk and bread, but Kucks Deli, thanks to Sandy and Joe, had what we needed. When I ran out of coffee, Larry from Eleanor Rigby’s gave me some of his. What a great guy. Larry is always ready to help.

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Grace and I are lucky in having some terrific neighbors like Gavin and Irene Duffy and Sean and Donna Burke.

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Marge Wood of Garfield Avenue likes to shop at Waldbaum’s.

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During the hurricane and the nor’easter, our Third Precinct cops did a good job in Williston Park and East Williston where there was no power. Guys like Mike Komarnicki, Sean Coffee, Mark Kellerman, Charlie Sellin, Rob Connolly, Jim Doughterty and Nick Mosesso.

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Former cop Tom Rudolph and wife Dorothy live on Marcellus Road. Their daughter, Sarah, goes to Sacred Heart and their son, Matt, goes to Catholic University in Washington. Tom is now in the recycling business.

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The collection taken up at Corpus Christi for hurricane relief was overwhelming. Everybody wanted to help.

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Neil Pilota and mom both worked on the polls at our district. Both live on White Road.

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Nick Buttino is a fine fisherman and shared his catch with us, giving us some fluke.

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Louise Francis and Artie McDonald had dinner at Rigby’s. She works at Abilities! in Albertson and he has a small casino out east.

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Andrea Vieira and her husband, Fouad Houharb, live on Jackson Avenue. He is a doctor and she a nurse. They have two children, Youseef, 3, and Boutros, 2.

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Bob and Pat Hinck like to shop at CVS.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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