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Around The Town With Lou: August 22, 2013

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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That dynamite gal, Sheila Retattaliata, will be among those entertaining us at the Downtown Street Fair of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce, Sunday, Sept. 8. Hundreds come to the fair. If you can sing or dance, call the chamber.

 

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Marge and Howie Hill enjoyed dinner at Cugini’s.

 

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Ella Schmidt and Marie McWilliams are always so helpful at Corpus Christi Church.

 

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That should be an exciting race for town clerk of North Hempstead. It will be a three -way battle with Wayne Wink, the Democrat; Leslie Gross, the Republican; and Joe Wood of Jackson Avenue. The Conservative, Gross, thinks she has a good chance. Formerly a Democrat and now a Republican, she is so well known. Wink says he has a good chance with the split opposition and Wood thinks he can win against two. He says they are both liberals. We shall see!

 

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Russ Miller swims 72 laps, one mile almost daily at the pool. At 70 years-old, that is amazing.

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Our school will protect your kids’ furniture. Jay Leno says that they meant “future.” I guess nobody proofreads these ads.

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Msgr. Robert Batule, pastor of Corpus Christi, spoke of Tony Melendez who was born in Latin America without arms because his mother was a drug addict. From an early age he

loved music and learned to play instruments with his feet. Faith and will can do great things, the pastor said.

 

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Pat Carfagno does such a great job as a lay reader at Corpus Christi.

 

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Ken and Gerry Aiello live on Beebe Road. He was in banking and then retired from a company that made strings for musical instruments.

 

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Dan and Tom Flynn like to visit other parishes on occasion. Recently they were at St. Ignatius in Hicksville.

 

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Sandy Pusey and her brother Bill Henrichs always do such a good job at Kucks Delli.

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Dr. Barry Ginbel of Willis Avenue vacationed in Peru and Brazil fly fishing in the Amazon River Valley.

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Christina and Steve of White Road work in the area. She, for Haller-Zaremba Insurance, and he for UPS.

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Marion Huether of Burkhard Avenue used to work at the Mineola School cafeteria.

 

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Pat Hoyett lives with her dad, Joe McCarthy, on Latham Road. Joe is 98-years-old and still takes an interest in village affairs.

 

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Pat Cuenta has worked for Mr. Jay for 33 years. She and Leo live in Albertson.

 

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Theresa Saks works at CVS. She and Bruce live on Latham Road.

 

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Lynn and Gary La Pointe live on Wellington Road. Lynn was a teacher at Jackson Avenue School. She was born in Mineola 69 years ago.

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The staff at the pool other than the lifeguards are: Marisa Athan, Brendan Clark, Cassandra Cruz, John Curry, DJ DeRosa, Theresa Ferreri, Julie Giamio, Vanessa Lopez, Jacklyn Lusardi, Sal Massa, Shana Natale, Billy Sullivan, James Curry, Catia Goncalves, Brittany Gross, Keanu Hines, Brendan Philbin and Michelle Rocha.


News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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