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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

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