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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

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