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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

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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