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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

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