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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

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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