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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

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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