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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

The Village of Williston Park Board of Trustees passed a local law last week that establishes the authority for legal action on water bills that are $25,000 or greater. 

 

According to Village Attorney James Bradley, if a water bill remains unpaid for 90 days, he is authorized to commence legal proceedings for collection, and charge attorney fees for prosecution. Fees would be added to the unpaid bill and subject to non-payment penalties

 

“The person or entity responsible for paying the unpaid bill will be liable for the attorney fees,” Bradley said, while noting that the bill is an amendment of existing code.

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 


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

Spooky Story Contest - October 1

Silver Sneaker Fitness - October 2

Live Music - October 3


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