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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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