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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

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