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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

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.

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


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