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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

Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.

 

The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.

 

Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.

The Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.

The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.

 

“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Mineola Hurricanes 10U offense was too much for L.I. Saints in 14-5 rout on Thursday July 17, at Willis Avenue Field in Mineola. With 11 runs in the first three innings, The Hurricanes left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

 

An RBI triple by Kevin Pusey, a steal of home by Kevin Pusey, and an RBI single by James Raziano during the first inning and an RBI single by Jack Mackay, a three-run triple by T.J. McManus put runs on the board early. 


Calendar

Concert In The Park - August 1

Boot Camp - August 2

Six Gun Concert - August 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