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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

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