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Around The Town With Lou: December 7, 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 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Local business wins battle. Twenty-three years ago Bed Quarters opened their mattress business on Jericho Turnpike. They built a good little business with personal service and friendly people. Then a huge Sleepy’s opened up right across the street. Sleepy’s had a huge parking area in a shopping center backed by a big ad campaign with TV, radio and print in papers like The New York Times and Newsday. Everybody figured that’s the end for Bed Quarters, but the Sleepy’s has given up the fight and closed their store while Bed Quarters is still here. Nov. 24 was “Support Local Business Day.” Forget the shopping centers and big box stores. Keep money right here at home. The success of Bed Quarters is a case in point. Jim and Bill Canell own the store. Jim lives on Elderberry Road and Bill on Linden Road. Their dad, Greg, is a professor of business at Adelphi. The sons are big hockey fans of the Islanders.

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Remember Cinelli’s Italian restaurant on Hillside Avenue? They had great pizzas. John and Indina Cassisi who owned that place dined at the Davenport. They still have a restaurant with the same name in Franklin Square. John is also a lawyer.

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Dick and Joanne Ueland were also having dinner at another table at the Davenport.

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Corpus Christi Pastor Msgr. Robert Coyle devoted his homily to a tribute to Vets on Veterans Day. He himself spent 28 years in the Navy as a chaplain. He also mentioned that his parents were celebrating their 51st.

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With no local hockey I actually watched a game between two Russian teams playing in St. Petersburg. Their game is much less exciting than ours. The rink is 15 feet wider so that there is less body contact and there is little checking. Our hockey is far superior.

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Vincent and Kathleen Stempel lunched at Manny Carvalho’s wonderful Portuguese restaurant, Bairraida. He is a divorce attorney.

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Third precinct detective Ray Cote helped in the arrest of a robbery suspect in New Hyde Park.

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Sal Massa now works at CVS. This summer he worked at the Mineola pool.

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You can’t beat Café Sport at Hillside Avenue and Foch Boulevard for their tender juicy filet mignon for only $23.

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Florence Lee of Mineola used to be on the staff of Bishop Fulton Sheen.

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Deacon Brian Mannix, a longtime Islander season ticket holder, says he will not be traveling to Brooklyn’s Berkley Center.

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Our daughter, Sister Ann Marie, visits about 60 different cities in U.S. over the years and always flies Southwest Airlines – lowest fares, friendly people, no extra charge for baggage and they even give you a snack. Forget Delta and United.

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Lisa Adamo is a volunteer at NSLIJ. She also is a Eucharistic minister at St. Aidan’s.

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Senator Jack Martins spoke for an hour at the last meeting of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce. He was peppered with questions and President Bill Greene had to finally break in and give Jack a chance to go to his next meeting.

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Jay Leno saw this used car ad: “Guaranteed for 12 months or 12 miles. Wow, 12 whole miles!

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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