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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

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