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Around the Town with Lou - November 5, 2010

Police Commander of the Third Precinct, Kevin Canavan, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce, Nov. 16, at Piccola Bussola. After his graduation from the Police Academy in 1988, he was assigned to the Aviation Bureau as a pilot. During that time he won the award for heroism as well as the Helicopter Association International Award for Heroism. He was promoted to inspector and named the commanding officer of the third precinct last year.

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Speaking of cops, Police Officer Mike Priolo covered the East Williston Fair last month. Mike has been with the Third for 23 years. I also ran into Sean Coffey of Roselle Street. He has been a Third Precinct police officer for the past four years.

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The Boland family of Juniper Avenue were in church together, including Kevin, Kathleen, Kelly, Claire, Sarah, John and Annie.

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Corpus Christi Church will be 110 years old next year. There are 3,800 families registered. If you figure about four persons per family plus some who come but are not registered and those Catholics who don’t come at all that would mean we have about 18,000 Catholics in Mineola. With a total population of 20,000 that would mean the rest were mainly Protestant, Jewish and non-believers.

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Susie Gorry, the sister of long time mail carrier Mary is, like her, a huge and disappointed Met fan. Both are good customers of Mary Ann Fearon’s Whistle Stop. CJ Camera and Gifts, located at Harrison Avenue and Mineola Boulevard, is no more. After 30 years, Lou Citro has thrown in the towel. Lou’s family are longtime residents of the village and he graduated from Mineola High School. Before opening her Whistle Stop, Mary Ann worked with Lou.

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Somebody asked me how the Mineola American got its name. I was a huge fan of the NY Americans, a hockey team who played from 1925 to 1942. The “Amerks” as they were called never won anything. They were the second team from the US to enter the National Hockey League after the Boston Bruins. Before that, it was strictly a Canadian affair. The Rangers entered two years later.

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Congrats to the Cuttin Club which marked their 25 years in business. The popular hair stylists are Laura, the owner and her staff, including Pat, Maggie, Janice, Dina, Jessica and Flor.

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Go see Secretariat, winner of the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont and thus the Triple Crown. This is a great story whether you are interested in racing or not.

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Dominican Sister Sheila O’Brien, served 30 years in Puerto Rico. She is now stationed in New Haven. She was visiting Mineola with her sister-in-law, Bernadette O’Brien. Sister Sheila is very interested in Irish affairs, hoping for a united Ireland in the future.

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Msgr. Edward Tarrant welcomed the Catholic Daughters at a recent Mass. Among the group were Sandy Harper, Mary Fitton, Eileen Leone, Rita Bartscherer, Arline Cavanaugh, Mrs. Gibbons, Beverly Donnelly and Josephine Liebl. Some 30 women were in the group. The Grand Regent is Sandy Harper. Her husband is Stuart and they live on First Street. Msgr. Tarrant in his homily said prayer is a wonderful blessing. Be patient he said and God will hear you. “Don’t always ask for things and sometimes just thank the Lord for what he has given you,” he said.

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Joan Del Pizzo of Williston Park and Bill Grant of Mineola are two of the top sales people who work at Rommel Reality.

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Anthony Bencivenga works for Franwin Pharmacy. He is a retired mailman. As it turns out his dad was our first mail deliverer when we first came to the village. Another retired mail person working for Franwin is Bob Harran.

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Laura Gettler is the accountant at Curran, Cooney and Penny Insurance Co. in Roslyn. Her husband Joe has a local business in Mineola and the family lives on Gilmore Street. Laura and Joe are active in the Lutheran Church of Our Savior and also with the Cub Scouts.

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Jim Smith of Williston Park has helped organize a conference on homelessness and veterans for Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset. Jim is a Vietnam Veteran and worked for the Stars & Stripes newspaper. The free conference at 48 Shelter Rock in Manhasset runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be led by John Javis of the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island, a consortium of 70 providers of services for veterans. Among the presenters will be representatives of the Northport VA Hospital, the New York State Office of Mental Health and the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency. The keynote speaker, Substance Abuse Counselor Wilkens Young, has gone from prison to homeless to homeowner. Smith will moderate a panel discussion on the lack of transitional housing for veterans.