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Around The Town With Lou

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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Franwin Pharmacy hit a home run during Hurricane Sandy. Owners Allen Sankovich and Bob Somerfield had their own generators and never lost power, while CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreen’s were all closed, Franwin was open to serve the doctors and customers filling prescriptions. Their pharmacy, which opened in 1930, also carries a full line of surgical supplies like walkers, canes and braces.

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Joe Wood of Jackson Avenue, a leading Catholic layman, visits various parishes talking about stewardship. In one parish alone he raised $60,000.

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Ray and Ann Vaz, who have been in the news lately, veteran, will mark their 60th anniversary this month.

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Glad to report that much loved Corpus Christi priest Msgr. Edward Tarrant is  much better following his illness. He will be back in about two months. He is recuperating at the St. Pius Home. Msgr. Eugene Murphy is in the same locale.

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Davenport had their biggest day ever on Thanksgiving serving 700 dinners. Owner Dennis Liberatos is lucky to have a manager like Lino. He seats everyone. He can also, if need be, become a cook, a waiter or dishwasher. He can do anything and runs the Davenport when Dennis is managing his pubs in Rhode Island.

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Harry Kasparian, a dentist with offices at 128 Hillside Avenue, has practice in dental and cosmetic surgery. He and his wife, Mary, live in East Williston.

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Carolyn Kowalczyk is the president of the Polish charity, Gift Of Life. She and her husband, Stanley, have lived in Mineola for 34 years.

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What a great manger scene in front of Chaminade with life-sized figures of the Virgin, Joseph, the Kings, the shepherds and the animals. Looks even more impressive at night with the lights.

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Good to see our mustang horse at Jericho and Mineola Boulevard make Newsday’s front page.

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Ben and Frank Marchese bought the Whistle Stop from Mary Ann Fearon. They have many gifts, 50 percent off cards and Lotto.

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I watched Toronto defeat Calgary in Canadian football, thus winning the Grey Cup. Their game is different with three downs instead of four and if you kick the ball in the opponent’s end zone you get a ‘rouge’ worth one point. No, they don’t have anybody like Rex Ryan.

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Claudino and Maria Costa have resided in the village a long time.

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What a fine movie Lincoln is. When Lincoln freed the slaves in 1863 I’m sure he would never have believed that 150 years later, a black man would be president of the United States.

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Jay Leno spotted an ad for Christmas music from the Moron Tabernacle.

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Michele and David Ryan of Arlington Street are customers of Munder’s Hardware. David works in Kathleen Rice’s office and Michelle works at Citi Field.

News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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