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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, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and Lou's popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

Danger meant little to New York City cop Gavin Duffy. He dressed like a hobo, would mingle in large crowds looking for pick-pockets, drug dealers and any other type of crime never knowing if he might be stabbed or shot. He was injured on the job while apprehending a criminal. He retired as a sergeant and is now living in Mineola with his wife, Irene, and sons Cody and Tyge. Irene is a school teacher.

 

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With the bad press cops have been getting in Suffolk, our guys in the Third Precinct are doing a great job, led by Inspector Sean McCarthy. We have men like Jim Dougherty, Sean Coffey, Mike Komarnicki, Mark Kellerman, Charlie Sellin, Rob Connolly, Nick

Mosesso, Ken Parker and Mohit Arora.

 

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I got a great selection of Beatles songs from my oldest son Richard. Songs like “Hey Jude,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “Let It Be.” Richard is the retired executive editor of People Magazine and went to London to interview Ringo Starr and Paul

McCartney.

 

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Jeff and Hilda Koch lived in Mineola for 25 years. He retired as a comptroller and she as a bookkeeper.

 

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John Kiernan was the North Hempstead Town Supervisor from 1982 to 1990. He still lives in Williston Park and shops at King Kullen.

 

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Jorge Fernandes of Jericho Turnpike is eagerly awaiting his wife’s return from her visit to Colombia.

 

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That outdoor NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs drew a crowd of 105,000 in spite of the freezing weather. This was the largest crowd ever to see a hockey game. The Islanders are lucky if they get 14,000.

 

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Jay Leno saw an ad for a Satan wedding dress—hope it was also satin.

 

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Gabriel Nunez of Washington Avenue works at King Kullen. He was born in Mineola.

 

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Always good to talk to Gennie and Raymond Henn. Raymond is self-employed.

 

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On special occasions, the combined choirs, Portuguese and English, sing together at Corpus Christi Church and are very impressive. They are: Neisa Alvarado, Nancy Becker, Marta Bertoni, Janet Bromfield, Rosa Cerqueira, Lucia Costa, Rose Alves Cunha, Amelia Goncalves, Rosa Maria Martins, Adriara Mello, Isabel Parada, Maria Lurdes Pereira, Olivia Portela, Dores Rodrigues, Maria dos Santos, Sonia M. Chamur, Maria Isabel Chavez, Alba Cruz, Irene de Medeiros, Teresa de Jesus Herrera, Janet Langer, Carolina Macedo, Gloria Martins, Dolores Mangold, Christina Nuñez, Gloria Portela, Gloria Vaz, Steven Herrera, Adriano da Silva, Franni Luisi, Felismino Pereira, Dominick Oliveira, Mario Valdellon, Michael Vezzi, Hector Herrera, Mickol Herrera, Francisco Hernandez, Felix Portela, Manual Portela, Juan Salmeron, Patrick Tobin and Greg Tranchina.   


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

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.


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