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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.

 

You would not think that the quiet, unassuming man was among the heroes that stormed Omaha Beach 70 years ago. Ray Vaz was an appliance salesman for P.C. Richards and later for Mr. Jay. He showed great courage that day, as did another Mineola man, Tom Scardino. Ray lives in the village with his wife, Ann, and attends Corpus Christi Church.

 

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Bishop John Dunn was with a group of friends, enjoying dinner at the Davenport.

 

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Jack and Grace Ferreira live on Schuster Street. Jack has worked in a number of restaurants during his 39 years in Mineola.

 

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Bill and Peg Holowecki live in the area. Peg’s late mom, Fran Harty, had a house on White Road. Peg is a special education teacher and Bill, a former Marine, works on information security systems.

 

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Joseph and Fran Battisi of Lincoln Avenue were at church. Joe works for Brownie Anti-Flood Co. Their job is to lift houses off their foundations. They do this in areas that are subject to floods and have built a successful business since 1922.

 

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Michael and Ann Marinakon of Chestnut Street are retired from the banking business.

 

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Father Gabriel is being sent to a parish out east and will be replaced by Father Richard Kammerer. Rev. Kammerer will arrive June 25.

 

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The expression “feeling under the weather,” comes from the days of the sailing ships. When it was stormy and raining hard, the crew members who were feeling ill were taken below the deck and thus under the weather.

 

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Anne Albro has lived on Roselle Street for four years. She was a bookkeeper.

 

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Jane and John Trustey are from East Williston. Their daughter and son-in-law, Pollyanne and Anthony Palazzo and their 9-year-old daughter, Amanda, live on Wellington Road.

 

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Bob Graf used to own Joe’s Pizza on Willis Avenue. He now lives in Glen Cove but still reads the Mineola American.

 

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Dan Flynn spent 25 years in the NYPD emergency unit. Dan has lived on Kenilworth Avenue for the past 42 years. He devotes every weekend to his son, Tom, who he loves so much. Dan and Tom, in his wheelchair, attend Corpus Christi Church.

 

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Dorothy Masterson has lived on Lincoln Avenue for eight years. She likes to shop at King Kullen.

 

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It seems strange to see Tony Donnelly sitting with the congregation. For more than 50 years he was an usher and much of the time the head usher. His wife, Beverly, is an EM at Corpus Christi.

 

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We have some real intelligent new neighbors on Garfield Avenue - Jennifer and Shamik Yang. He is a psychiatrist and she is an attorney.

 

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Carol Berta and her late husband, Mario, lived at Birchwood Court. Carol was in the real estate business.


News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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