Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00
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.
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.
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
Jeff and Hilda Koch lived in Mineola for 25 years. He retired as a comptroller and she as a bookkeeper.
John Kiernan was the North Hempstead Town Supervisor from 1982 to 1990. He still lives in Williston Park and shops at King Kullen.
Jorge Fernandes of Jericho Turnpike is eagerly awaiting his wife’s return from her visit to Colombia.
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.
Jay Leno saw an ad for a Satan wedding dress—hope it was also satin.
Gabriel Nunez of Washington Avenue works at King Kullen. He was born in Mineola.
Always good to talk to Gennie and Raymond Henn. Raymond is self-employed.
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.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”
Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.