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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.

 

Terror is the only word to describe what happened 30 years ago at the Seacrest Diner on Glen Cove Road. Twelve armed  robbers entered the Diner and held some hundred people prisoners. It didn’t take long for the police to catch up to them. They were sentenced to 25 years. This comes to mind with the opening of the beautiful Old Westbury Diner at the same location. The handsome new place is owned by Spiro and Buffy of the Williston Town House. The Town House has about 25 parking places, the Old Westbury Diner has 200 spots. We remember the old Crossroads Diner at Jericho Turnpike and Glen Cove Road, which later became the Seacrest and is now “The Old Westbury.” 

 

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Caren Donatelli and her almost four-year-old son Joshua really enjoy the pool. Caren is the Art Department Coordinator here at Anton’s. It was good to see village trustee Paul Pereira that the facility. 

 

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Marcel and Catherine Chaillol enjoyed lunch at the Churrasqueira Portuguese Restaurant, Marcel is a past Grand Knight of the Corpus Christi Council. 

 

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Crime up, crime down, reports all over the place. But all agree that the cops in the third precinct do a great job. Guys like Ken Parker, Nick Mosesso, Rob Connolly, Charlie Sellin, Mark Kellerman, Jim Doughterty, Sean Coffee, Mike Komarnicki and the rest. Precinct Commander Sean McCarthy deserves credit.  

 

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Rick and Joanne Ueland and Tom and Katie Greeley celebrated Ricks Birthday at the Davenport. Rick use to work for the New York Times. 

 

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Marty and Paul Becker of Mineola Boulevard are active in community and church affairs. 

 

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Christina Barcos is the lay reader at Corpus Christi Church with the classy English accent. She is a big booster of the Park East Diner on Herricks Road. 

 

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The Merry Widows group of the First Methodist Church will meet Tuesday. Many new members expected. Jay Leno spotted that happy note in the church bulletin. 

 

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Russ Miller for years never went near the community pool. Then, a couple of years ago, he thought he would give a shot. Now, he goes almost daily and is one of the facility’s biggest boosters. We also met Mary Matson at the pool. The director, Dan Kopetic said that the pool is having a very busy season. The 90-degree days sure help. 

 

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Lino and Maria Ferreira are waiting for the first grandchild. Their expectant daughter Sandra and her husband Jimmy live on Harrison Avenue. 

 

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Corpus Christi Pastor Msgr. Robert Batule, back after six years, spoke of sky scrapers, joy and faith in his homily. His main point was that faith leads to joy. 

 

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Manuel and Maria Louisa Pantieja left Columbia 30 years ago and now live on Clinton Avenue. She was a teacher in Bogata, Columbia. 


News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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