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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

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