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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

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.

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.


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