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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

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
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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