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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

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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