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Around the Town with Lou - November 19, 2010

Liar, cheater, weasel are just a few of the terms used to describe one’s opponent in the recent election. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is a good case in point. His opponent who had deep pockets outspent Tom 8 to 1. I have known Tom since he was a 17-year-old kid in Mineola High School. In his long career he has always been friendly to all. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was a sweet, even-tempered man. To listen to his opponent he was just short of being a criminal. Tom won the election. The public, I think, has had enough of the negative ads that they all used to blacken their opponents with half-truths, lies and gross exaggerations. It would be wonderful if in the future candidates would just tell people what they hoped to accomplish without the vicious attacks on their opponents. Don’t hold your breath.

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Our mayor Jack Martins was locked in a tight race with his opponent Craig Johnson for the state senate in a race too close to call. Jack, the Republican candidate was leading by 415 votes as we went to press.

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A reader tells me that a gang of youths hang out at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Willis Avenue. Their bicycles block the sidewalks and the way to the corner store and the mailbox. He says about five of them loudly yell, smoke and drink from open containers making many women uncomfortable.

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Eleanor and Ted Hoffman and son Eddie were at Dunkin’ Donuts. Eleanor was born in Mineola and when reading the story about Asher’s Drugstore in the Mineola American, she remembers sitting at their soda fountain.

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Kuck’s Deli opened in 1938. Bill Heinrichs bought it in 1950. Since Bill’s passing the store is now run by his son Pete, his daughter Sandy Pusey and their mom Edith.

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Antonio Geameraneseo and wife Domica and their son Eddie love Mineola and live on Wardwell Road.

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Always good to chat with former Mayor Ed Smith and his wife Evelyne, who now live in Connecticut. Eddie was a great mayor and later a fine president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce. He was a charter member of the Mineola Lions Club and, in fact, the club bears his name - a tribute well-deserved.

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In a recent trip to Mineola, Senator Charles Schumer stopped in to Mary Ann’s Whistle Stop to buy a copy of the Mineola American  and The New York Times.

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In you owned a restaurant, would you want to eat there all the time? Tony and Sharon DeFranco were having lunch the other day at the Seacrest Diner. They own the IHOP in Williston Park.

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Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, will be traveling to El Salvador right after Thanksgiving for a ceremony for the four women who were murdered by death squads 30 years ago. Ita Clark was one of the nuns; the names of the others have slipped my mind. The three nuns and a civilian were raped and then shot to death.

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Former Williston Park Mayor Lud Odierna was at Munder’s Hardware. He was telling us how much he and his wife Ursula enjoy their grandchildren Mia and Matthew.

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I laugh at all the candidates who say, “I’m not a politician.” What they mean is vote for me so I can become a politician.

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Fran Dempsey, Eileen Leone and Mary Cal had breakfast at the Williston Town House.

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Corpus Christi Church is in the middle of a terrific drive to raise over a million dollars for much needed repairs. All are urged to pledge and to assist in any way they can.

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Good to talk to Denise Pratesi and Chuck Cutolo who were having lunch at the Town House.

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Many people have asked me how I liked the new method of voting. I would have to say the old way was better. It was simple and fast. The worst part is the delay in getting the results with the new method. In many cases there were no winners at midnight. The election between Jack Martins and Craig Johnson is a good example.

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The Salvation Army urgently needs volunteers to man the Red Kettles at Christmas time. You might be very surprised when you start ringing the Christmas bell for the Salvation Army and how the old Christmas childhood spirit will return to your heart, says their spokesman Michael Vezzi. Contact Sidney Glee at 485-4900, Monday to Friday if you can help.