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Around the Town with Lou - December 24, 2010

Representative Charlie Rangel was censored by Congress for some 12 ethic violations. Personally, I thought he got off easy. Rangel is a Democrat and yet most of the Demorcats in the House approved the censure. All the Republicans also approved except one, Peter King. King, longtime Nassau representative, pulls surprises. Generally, he votes the conservative Republican line and yet right now he is battling the rest of his party to get approval of the funds for the ground zero workers. Peter King has long fought for the Catholics of North Ireland and got the U.S. to invite the IRA leader Gerry Adams to the U.S. in spite of bitter British objections. King is a former boxer and fights hard for what he believes in like the treatment of Catholics in Northern Ireland. When much of the country was singing the praises of the late Michael Jackson, King reminded us of the many charges and trials of Jackson, recalling charges both proven and unproven. When President Bill Clinton was impeached, Peter King was the only Republican to support Clinton. He also has a close bi-partisan relationship with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Both parties agree that King has done a great job as head of Homeland Security for this area.

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Bob Koenig and his wife Jessica lived on Brown Street for 24 years. He now lives out east. He worked for the Mineola Post Office. It was Bob who wrote that great song for the Mineola Centennial celebration, I Love Mineola, which was adopted as the official song.

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Anthony and Doreen Pagnotta of Roselle Street like to eat at Eleanor Rigby’s. He is a cargo handler for American Airlines. She works for Badge Insurances, the company Jerry Mehlman was associated with. Doreen actually lives next door to former Mayor Ed Smith on Roselle Street before Ed and Evelyne moved to Connecticut.

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Congrats to Senator Jack Martins who has finally been confirmed as the winner over the incumbent Craig Johnson. Martins was a terrific mayor and we know he will be a great State Senator. Maybe he can turn that incompetent group in Albany around.

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Jay Leno found this advice from the Health Department. Don’t drink over 600 cups of coffee a day, when the report actually said 6 cups. In another piece he spotted the 10 most popular tourists attractions as: first, Disneyland and second, Viagra Falls. At least nothing was said about not staying there over four hours!

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Margaret Heinrich of Mineola is a good customer of Pyramid Jewelers. She likes the good service given by owner Allen Walsh.

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Tony and Sharen De Franco with daughter, Julia Devlin and 11-month-old grandson, Anthony, lunched at the Seacrest.

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Maria Sysak of Wellington Road is the director of the Baldwin Library. She was formerly director of the Elmont Library. For 10 years she served on our local library board. Some may remember her late parents, Walter and Hilda. Walter who organized the “Save the Books” campaign was president of the Mineola Board of Education.

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Frank Cadus of Wellington Road worked for 30 years for HS Newhouse of Liberty Avenue. They make religious vestments. He is a customer of Randi Cleaners.

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Tom Warneck’s voice is the one you hear when you call the town for information. He and his wife Maryann live at the Clinton Arms.

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Frank Reedy does a great job as a lay reader at Corpus Christi Church.

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Remember Woolworth’s Five and Ten? Dotti Mignone worked there for 60 years. She and her husband Mike live in Williston Park.

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Why do we call New York “Gotham?” A nursery rhyme, The Merry Mad Men of Gotham, described a legendary village in England whose residents were kind of kookie. It was applied to New York in a humorous piece written by Washington Irving in 1807. The story is about a mixed stew that contained just about every ingredient you could ever think of, kind of a melting pot. Thus, Gotham has come to mean a city with a very mixed population.