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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

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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