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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

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.

East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd.  Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”

 

Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.

 

“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said.  “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”

 

The Third Precinct declined to comment.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


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