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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

Mineola Street Fair coordinators are canvassing the downtown area to enlist local businesses for the fourth annual Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event on Saturday, Sept. 14 at noon, with an Oct. 5 rain date. Opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m.

 

“We’ve been walking the streets trying to get more businesses involved,” Chamber vice president and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano said. “It’s the same struggle every year but at the end, it all comes together.”

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.


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



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