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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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“Tough and no nonsense” was the way people described Lud Odierna during his time as mayor of Williston Park, 2006 to 2010. He was elected with great enthusiasm, but four years later many people were glad to see him go. People either liked him a lot or not at all. Lud is a distinguished mortgage broker. He was the vice president of L.I. Mortgage Officers Society. Lud was the chairman of the Mortgage Finance Committee. He appeared before Congress to testify on behalf of the industry. He and his daughter Ursula own Custom Funding on East Second Street.

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Peter Smith is an architect employed as a project manager for Moody’s. His work takes him to Japan, England, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. His wife Karen trained as an interior designer but now works for a company in Syosset. They are in building management and they have 36 commercial buildings. Karen is involved in the leasing of the buildings. Peter and Karen have lived in Mineola for 21 years, the last seven on Elderberry Road. Their son Connor is 16 and taller than his dad. Connor attends Kellenberg and their daughter Nicole os a student at Notre Dame Elementary School. The family was active in Corpus Christi, in fact, Karen was the president of the school board. When the school closed and children went to Notre Dame, the Smiths switched to that parish.

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The grandson of Walter and Joan Hobbs, Jacob, is an Army Cavalry man stationed in Texas. He brought his girlfriend Anna up with him for a visit. Jacob proposed to Anna at a restaurant and she said “yes.” He and the Hobbs are very happy.

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Freida Gerland was helping Werner in the Jericho Turnpike deli that still bears his name. The deli now belongs to a hard-working couple from Korea, Lee and Kim, but Werner is glad to help out when needed.

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“Call me Ishmael,” that famous opening line from Moby Dick, leads us to remember that Ishmael’s last name was Starbuck.

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No, Anton Newspapers will not be taking one of those 30-second Super Bowl commercials that cost $3 million.

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Scott and Christina Levy live on Arlington Street. Scott works for us at Anton’s and Christina was actually born in Mineola.

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He doesn’t live here but a lot of people know and like him. This is Dr. Maseih Moghaddassi who works with Dr. Anthony Durante in the care of ears, noses and throats. Their office is on Mineola Boulevard.

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Steve Loscano lives on Wellington Road and works in our Circulation Department. His mom is Betty Vazquez who is so active in the Friends of the Library.

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The Chamber of Commerce speaker was Sean McCarthy, the commander of the Third Police Precinct. He gave the members a great overall view of his command. The Third is the biggest and busiest of the Nassau precincts. Judging from the many questions that the inspector had to answer, his talk must have been a huge success. Chamber President Bill Greene had to intercede to let the speaker eat his dinner. The Chamber’s next speaker will be Geoff O’Hare, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Gus Lodato of Garfield Avenue has worked hard on the re-election campaign of Mayor Scott Strauss. He and his wife Carmella live on Garfield Avenue. Both attend Corpus Christi Church.

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Speaking of that church, Frank and Maryann Iaquinto are two diligent workers for the parish.

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The ad was to read do you, “suffer from bladder control,” but Jay Leno caught one that asked do you, “suffer from blabber control.” I think a lot of politicians have that problem!

News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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