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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

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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