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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.

 

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Bill Donohue, head of The Catholic League, says that it is a lie that gays can’t march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They can march with their counties like Derry, Mayo or Tipperary. No special interest groups can march like Clean Air or Stop Russian Aggression. I was talking to Bill at Corpus Christi Church where he attends Mass.

 

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Elaine Cullen works at Eleanor Rigby’s.

 

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Tommy Hayden of Bradley Court is a retired elevator mechanic.

 

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Jerry and Connie Schmidt and daughter Natalie live on Holly Avenue. Jerry is a locksmith.

 

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Gabriel Nunez left Rite Aid and went next door to work in King Kullen’s deli department. He still lives in the house in which he was born, on Washington Avenue, with his parents Marie and Gabriel Sr.

 

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I bought some corned beef from Werner’s Deli and found Werner Garland, the founder, helping out Kim and Soue, the hardworking owners.

 

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Jim Powers was tired of climbing up telephone poles and retired after all those years working as a phone repair man. He and Louise live on Geranium Avenue and have six kids. One is Maggie, who works at The Cuttin Club.

 

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Helen and Patrick Androtta live on Evelyn Road. She teaches English literature at CUNY. He celebrated his 82nd birthday at the Davenport.

 

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Eric and Marilyn Sporrer are happy these days as they have their first child Maryann Alexia. They reside on White Road.

 

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Pat Connors of Dow Avenue is an electrical engineer working for the Pall Corp.

 

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Carole and Jim Pusey have homes on Croyden Road and in Florida. They own Kostynick Plumbing and Heating.

 

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Dee Delape works at Waldbaum’s. She and her husband, Felice, live on Jerome Avenue.

 

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Sue Hyland of Marcellus Road is a 3rd Precinct crossing guard.

 

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Marie Meagher has lived in Williston Park since 1942. She shops at King Kullen.

 

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“To go whole hog,” meaning “without reservations,” comes from 18th-century England. As we often call a dollar a “buck,” in those days they often called a shilling a “hog,” thus a man treating everyone to a drink could be said to be going whole hog.


News

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.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


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