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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 University, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. The two have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and this popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

Daniel Boone and Kit Carson rode their horses down Jericho Turnpike. It was really John DaVanzo and me and a celebration held by the village. Later, John and I rode our horses dressed as colonial soldiers. John and I rode together for many years at the Muttontown Preserve and Bethpage State Park. Later, we rode bikes together, going about 16 miles. I came to Mineola knowing nobody, while John was a man born in the village and the owner of three businesses. When I first saw him, he was pumping gas at his station. I told him my name and that I was going to start a paper in Mineola. John gave me a broad smile and said he would help any way he could. I’m a lifelong Democrat and recently I was honored by the party. Senator Chuck Schumer, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and all the leading Democrats were there. John DaVanzo, the top Republican in the village and in the town came. I was amazed that he would come and be the sole Republican in the room. That’s the way John always was – friendship above party. What a man he was. His soul is now with God.

 

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Christine and Robert Wilkins have lived here for 45 years. He worked for the phone company and she was a bookkeeper.

 

Maricar Ramierez is a nurse at Winthrop University Hospital. She moved here to First Street 12 years ago.

 

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Ken and Gerry Aiello live on Beebe Road. He is a retired banker. They have been in the village for 45 years, raising three fine daughters.

 

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Delia Azuccena came here from her native Peru. She cleans houses for a living and her husband Hector works at a car wash. They gave me a chance to use my Spanish.

 

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Ron Geoffrion is the nephew of the late Bernie (Bom Bom) Geoffrion, All-star forward of the Montreal Canadiens. Ron has a home on Washington Avenue.

 

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Nancy Becker’s beautiful voice blends in with that of the Corpus Christi choir. She and George live on Wellington Road.

 

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Tom and Maryann Warncke live in town. She is a nurse at Mercy Hospital, and a former village trustee. He is a computer expert.

 

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Nick Siciliano is a retired mailman. He and Barbara live in East Williston.

 

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Marilyn Catamia of Parkway Court is retired from Chase Bank. 

 

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Bob and Dorothy Stiles reside on Jackson Avenue. Dorothy worked at Equitable Life for 35 years.

 

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Anthony Giaino works at the checkout line at King Kullen. He lives on Wellington Road.

 

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Arleen Whyte of Roselle Street worked for 39 years as a home nurse.

 

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Jay and Cheryl Minsky of First Street are happy these days as their son, Adam, will soon be married. Both Jay and Adam are CPAs. Their daughter, Genna, lives with her husband in Chicago. The other daughter, Meredith, is at home.

 

News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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