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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, a graduate of Adelphi University, have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

Seahawks and Broncos fans gathered together for the annual Super Bowl Breakfast of the Kiwanis Club. Among those we had a chance to talk to were Anne Marie and Joe Pratt, Robbin Valentine, Ed Schutz, the past president; Paul and Peggy May, Lois Hanson, Joao Encarnacao, Jade Marcus, Perri Schreiber, Madeline Maffetore, Joel and Helena Harris, Gabe Parajos, Janet Wohlars, Rich Forte, the president; Dan McCallister, Luisa Filipe, Jackie and John Carway, Cedric Brown, Joe Aiello, Claudia Miller, Nicole Degliomini, Tom and Lillian Rumore, John and Linda Cloghessy, Frank Donnelly, Paul Cusato, Bob Rosenthal, Russell Burcheri, Bill Greene, the president of the Chamber of Commerce; Judy Bosworth, the North Hempstead supervisor; Jeanne Morgan, Jo Anne and Tong Lettini, Dom Versace, Pat and Tom Genovese and Gwen and Andrew Tammaro. The breakfast of pancakes and sausages was delicious. In fact, many thought the breakfast better then the one-sided game.

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Pat Tobin has a great voice and sings at many events. He is active in the Ambulance Corp and was once a village board hopeful.

 

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Bill Sanders of Williston Park writes for a trade publication.

 

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Bill and Connie Altvater like to eat at Jonathan’s. Bill was a New York City cop.

 

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Marge Clark is a customer of the Cuttin’ Club. Her late husband, Tom, was in pest control.

 

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Maria Caracciolo of Garfield Avenue is retired from the import/export business. She helps her mom, Mary Zobel, who lives in East Williston and is 98 years old.

 

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Annmarie Dolce is a nurse at Winthrop University Hospital and her husband, Vinnie, is a New York City cop. They like the steaks at Café Sport.

 

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Rev. Patrick Callan is not a young man, but he has a strong voice and a rich Irish sense of humor. He is also a big baseball fan.

 

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Barbara Fitton brings her mom, Mary, of Mineola Boulevard, to Corpus Christi Church every Sunday.

 

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Jerry and Kathy Prizeman attend Corpus Christi Church. They live on College Avenue. Jerry is a retired accountant.

 

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Lou Palumbo has owned Gullwing Motors on Windsor Avenue for 38 years. He and Nancy live of Dow Avenue.

 

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The local St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 2 will have a Mineola resident, Sean Treanor, as the Grand Marshal. Sean, of Birchwood Court, was born in Ireland. He joined the Irish American Society and worked his way up through the ranks. He attends Corpus Christi Church. In charge of the parade is another Mineola resident, Jeff Clark. The parade now goes through Mineola.


News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

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.


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