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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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Wine Lovers – The store is small but the selection is terrific. Williston Park Wine and Liquor at 609 Willis Avenue belongs to Mariusz and Joanna Keczmer. They have a fine collection of affordable quality wines in every price range as well as scotches, ryes, vodkas, and rums. They have free delivery and specialize in wines and liquors for weddings, communions, engagements and other occasions. Both Keczmers are excellent tennis players. Mariusz likes people and people like him. That is probably whey they have such a good business. Their number is 746-8555.

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Jane Gundel is a retired Mineola High School teacher. She, her daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Richard Dickerson, enjoyed those great filet mignons at Café Sport.

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Paul and Susan Tobito live on Jackson Avenue. Paul represents Local 259 of the United Automobile Workers.

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Fran Luisi, the lead singer for the Corpus Christi Church, sure has a wonderful voice. She and her husband Frank live in Mineola.

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Very sorry to learn of the death of Catherine Mannix, mother of Corpus Christi Deacon Brian Mannix, as well as the passing of Chris Gannon.

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Anastasios Stamlopis is the night manger at the Williston Town House. He lives in Williston and gets his haircuts at Studio 1.

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Harold Rowan used to be a Third Precinct cop, but is now with the Highway Patrol. He enjoys eating at Bairrada.

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Andre Baeisea lives on Jackson Avenue and is the bartender at Bairrada.

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Linda Doel worked for many years for a local law firm. She is a patron of CVS and lives nearby on Emory Road. She has lived in the village for 33 years.

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Tracey Sanders, our oldest granddaugher, is an honor student at C.W. Post. She was written up in Newsday a couple of weeks ago. Her picture was with the article.

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Pat Carfagno is a lay reader at Corpus Christi Church. The reading the other Sunday was the longest I ever recall but Pat handled it very professionally. She is a good friend of Michael Vezzi.

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Tom and Molly Azzolini live on Clinton Avenue. Tom worked for 40 years at the Chase Bank in the city. It was located right across from the UN. The bank is gone now; it is just an empty lot.

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Christine Trauisano and daughter Jill Dunn of Roselle Street were booking a baby shower at Angelina’s.

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The store has a sale on Udaho potatoes. Jay Leno thinks they could be something like Idaho potatoes! Jay found another ad that should have said, “We work for crippled children.” It came out in the paper, “we work to cripple children.” Yikes!

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