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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 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints, the Morman Church which opened at the corner of Second Street and Willis Avenue is the fifth house of worship on this street. The Catholic Church is here, the Lutheran, Temple Sholam Chabot and The Grace Church. We can see why Willis Avenue is called “The Street of Churches.”

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Corpus Christi’s choir gives us wonderful music every Sunday. It is composed of Greg Tranchina, Pat Tobin, Tom Murphy, Sindy Schmitt, Christina Nunez, Dolores Mangold, Janet Langer, Irene Demedeiros, Michael Vezzi, Mario Valdellon, Tom Schmitt, William Boerner, Leanne Thompson, Adriara Mello, Lisa Madsen, Maria Des Santos, Janet Bromfield, Katherine Brautigam, Marta Bertoni and the leader Franni Luisi. Conducted by Troy Gordon, they do a fine job.

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Mike Egan and his son Jason are visiting from Australia. Mike is the son of Larry and Luba Egan and brother to Larry Egan, Jr. He is an attorney and he and his wife Marie live in Mineola.

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Nick Martine, Nick Jr., Melissa Martine and Mike McGowen dined at the Davenport.

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Former Mayor Ed Smith and wife Evelyne are both home in Connecticut. Both have spent recent weeks in the hospital. Still hoping to visit Mineola in the near future.

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Marge Wood of Mineola is a good customer of Franwin Pharmacy. She and Joe live on Jackson Avenue.

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Maria, Americo and Michael Cunha of Westbury Avenue are good parishioners of Corpus Christi Church.

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Karen and Bill Wiley live in Williston Park and own a company called “Word Power.” They buy wine from Park Wines and Liquors.

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Former Mayor Bob Hinck, wife Pat and Carl Marchese enjoyed Christmas eve dinner at Cugini’s.

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Former Mineola parking enforcer Frank Syracuse is now a doorman at the Windsor in Garden City.

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Kudos for Channel 11 as again this year they brought us five hours of the Christmas Carols and the Yule Log on Christmas morning without any commercials.

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Patty Liguori works for KTR Lighting Co. She and her husband live on Florence Road and she used to work for Creative Lighting. KTR is located at 35 E. Jericho Turnpike, the building that formerly housed the Mineola American before Grace and I sold the paper to Karl Anton.

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Mike Balboni formerly of Shortridge Drive and now of East Williston, is a managing partner with Redland Consulting Agency specializing in homeland security. Mike s a former state senator and NY State deputy secretary for public safety.

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Jay Leno read a menu for a Chinese restaurant that listed their “peeking duck.” I guess it looks back at you and their “one ton” soup. Man, that’s a lot of soup.

News

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.”

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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