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Three thousand people came to the Mineola Chamber of Commerce downtown street fair. We met Judy Flynn, Annabelle Burkitt, Edith Henrichs, Russ Miller, Christine Healy, Dr. Gary Levine, Dr. Lydia Valderrama, Greg Nold, Bill Greene, Chamber President, Elizabeth Rauert, Officer Nick Mosesso, Bernardette Vaskas, Frank Cassano, Gary and Sandy Pussey, Maddy Maffetore, Peter Henrichs, George Echeverria, Rev. Tomaz Gomide, Connie and Bill Altvater, Lorelle D’Elig, Paula Jultan, Patty Nicoll, Teresa Corrigan, Cathy Toritto, Helmet Henrichs, Arlindo Cunha, Al Freehill, Larry Werther, Lucy Gaglione, Betty Vazquez, Tony Lubrano, Bill Cassidy, Allen Sanklovich, Bob Somerville, Carol Harrigan, Cherokee, Jan and Ron Baker, Jack and Michael Fernandes, Officer Rob Connolly, Donny Golden, Virginia Clark, Delanie and Raegan Fekert, Colleen Gaugham, Noel Brennan and Croi Spillane, Clara Lennon, Cathy Chaillql Ashley Harten, Maureen and Jeff Clark, Ray Sikorski and Kathleen Holliday.
At last weeks Mineola Village Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Scott Strauss said “Mr. Mineola,” John DaVanzo was in the hospital and asked that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Heed the advice and do so. DaVanzo has been a fixture in the community and has always given without asking for anything in return.
At times, my intuition is way ahead of my brain. I’d like to think that I arrive at a lot of my opinions through logical reasoning, but often, I feel like something is wrong long before I can articulate why it’s wrong. This was the case with the word “privilege” as used in the phrases “white privilege,” “male privilege,” and the especially reviled “white male privilege.” Something about the way these terms are bandied about bothered me, but I couldn’t explain why until recently.
It’s not that I have any doubt that privilege exists; I’ve certainly seen it in action. Even if you’re not particularly devoted to the cause of achieving greater social justice, it’s not difficult to see that being white and male confer some advantages in our culture. So if I admit privilege exists, why does the term make me wince in annoyance?
It’s not every day when you get a letter answered from the highest house in the United States. Mineola resident Adnan Tapa, a fourth-grade student at Jackson Avenue School recently expressed his concern over world actions to President Barack Obama in the form of a letter.
On Wednesday I will close the sale of my childhood home at 221 McKinley Parkway, Mineola. My parents Joseph and Gilda Jansen moved to Mineola in June of 1953 and raised four siblings and myself in the village. My father died in 2008 and my mother passed away in December of 2011. This simple real estate transaction severs my physical connection to Mineola.
However, I have only the fondest and warmest memories of my childhood there in the 1950s and 1960s. There was something very different about that now bygone era.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the Mineola Fair. Apologies if I missed anyone. Thanks for all:
Sponsors Of Entertainers
1. Standard Valuation Services; Carolyn Harding/Caleb Johnson..Jazz and Gospel
2. Herricks Travel: Counter Clockwise (Rich Stein et al). Classic Contemporary
3. Bakers of All Nations: Cascades (Tom Swift).. Doo Wop
4. Finz and Finz: Andrew Anton ...Crooner
5. Boars Head Provisons: Mark Brier... Family Friendly Comedians
If only they had libraries like the one at Hampton Street School when I was a kid. It has the perfect combination of a modern-vibe with a traditional learning atmosphere. It is also big enough to give the building a larger-than-life attitude, yet small enough to give it a cozy, one-on-one instruction sense that many schools sadly lack today.
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Block parties are popular this time of the year. We dropped in on the one held between First Street and Garfield Avenue and met Lora Conway, Lauren and Fernando Mora, Peggy Rodreguez, Evelyn O’Rourke, Maria and Seth Seoparson, Amy Levine with Emily, Madison and Jeremy, Dee and John McLaughlin and kids Connor, Danielle and Gavin, Jill and Mike Braster and children Ryan and Tyler, Jerry and Joan Genova with Nicole and Raymond, Karen Garvey, Bill and Mary Ann McLaughlin, Jackie Hunt, Denise Klass, Denise McHowan and others.
Hopefully, in another 60 years, the Mineola American will still be covering local news and there’ll be a 120th anniversary edition available for residents. I’ll be 85.
But let’s not think too far into the future. Let’s start with the past, specifically Sept. 4, 1952, the first edition of the local weekly.
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