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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

The Mineola School District Board of Education assessed the district’s performance in recent New York State assessment and Regents testing; performance that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael

Nagler noted was in need of improvement at a July 24 board meeting.

 

Nagler addressed issues that students have been encountering with the recently-mandated state assessments, noting the difference in effectiveness between what he called “formative testing,” or testing on a regular basis, and “summative testing,” which is done annually, typically at the end of the school year.

Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.

 

The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.

 

Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Mineola Hurricanes 10U offense was too much for L.I. Saints in 14-5 rout on Thursday July 17, at Willis Avenue Field in Mineola. With 11 runs in the first three innings, The Hurricanes left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

 

An RBI triple by Kevin Pusey, a steal of home by Kevin Pusey, and an RBI single by James Raziano during the first inning and an RBI single by Jack Mackay, a three-run triple by T.J. McManus put runs on the board early. 


Calendar

Concert In The Park - August 1

Boot Camp - August 2

Six Gun Concert - August 3


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