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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

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.

East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd.  Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”

 

Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.

 

“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said.  “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”

 

The Third Precinct declined to comment.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


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