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Around the Town with Lou - May 13, 2011

Portuguese people love good food, which is one of the reasons that their traditional Palm Sunday breakfast is so popular. Among those there we had a chance to talk to Manuel Costa, Marie and John Caetano, Dick and Marguerite O’Callaghan, Fred Reiger, Victor Dovale, David and Phyllis Stein, Leah and Michael Miller, Tom and Ann Forte, Rosa Ribeiro, Paul Pereira, George Durham, Paul Cusato, Dolores Martins, Eileen Devaney, James Devaney, Marcia Caetano Devaney, Joseph and Barbara Malerba, Kathleen DaCosta and Mrs. Dias, Maria Ferreiro, Lino Pereira, Maria Coelho, Julio and Ana Pereira, Hipolito Ribeiro, Maria and Domingos DeCosta, Edward and Fernanda Costa, John Macedo and Mayor Scott Strauss. Over 500 people came to the breakfast.

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Tom Shea of Mineola Signs has one of the oldest businesses in the village. The company started in 1924. Tom and his wife Jeri live in Searingtown.

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Sorry to hear of the death of Jack Whelan who was so active in the Irish American Society. A few years ago he was Grand Marshal of the local parade. He and Mae lived on Wardwell Road.

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Msgr. Edward Tarrant and Father Gerard Gordon, formerly of Corpus Christi Church, dined at Piccola Bussola.

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Larry Young of the Taxi Co. of the same name tells me that Jennifer LaMonica, his chiropractor, has done wonders on his back and allowed him to keep working all these years. Jennifer has lived in town for 25 years.

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Chris and Ann Gannon and her brother Msgr. George Graham dined at the Davenport on Easter as did Fran Dempsey and her son and daughter-in-law Bill and Susan Dempsey.

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The first greetings I received Easter morning were from Nick Buttino, Bob and Mrs. Mondello, Pat and Terry Connors, Larry and Luba Egan, Russ Miller, Joe and Marge Wood, Tony Donnelly, Nuno and Isabella Almeida and Dan and Tom Flynn.

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What a job John Davanzo does as the official guide at the Village Hall. He is always at the post in coat and tie. He actually has no hours and receives (his choice) no pay. But every time you go there he is at his position eager to help. What a fine man he is!

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Former Mayor Ed Smith is doing very well. Grace and Evelyne Smith talk on occasions and our former mayor is much better. We hope they will be visiting Mineola soon. Ed and Evelyne live in Connecticut.

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Somebody said to Archbishop Timothy Dolan, “They say you may be the first American Pope.” He answered, “These are the same people who think the Mets are going to win the World Series.”

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Jay Leno found this headline: “Mayor vows to stay on top of Manure problem.”

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Rosemary and Frank Schleche of Birthwood Court lunched at the Churrasqueirra. Frank is retired from the phone company.

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Bridget McColgan of Sheridan Blvd. likes Dunkin’ Donuts. Who doesn’t? She also likes Murphy’s Irish Pub and Milleridge Inn. Bridget has lived in town 31 years.

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Kudos to Mayor Scott Strauss. When he announced a tax increase, he had the courage to come right out with it.  He says he knows it hurts, but he is not going to cut services. He didn’t blame it on somebody else or try to fudge the issue.

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Jeff Suza of Second Street is technician for Boston Scientific. He goes to doctor’s offices to check the efficiency of their pacemakers, including Dr. John Lanzone’s office in Mineola.

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The New York Times language column reminded us of all the words and expressions that we took from the Bible and have now become part of our everyday speech like sour grapes, salt of the earth, fatted calf, drop in the bucket, skin of your teeth, apple of one’s eye, feet of clay, filthy lucre, pearls before swine, fly in the ointment, eat, drink and be merry and many other idioms.

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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano was the guest speaker at the last Chamber of Commerce meeting. I told him that I had met him many years before when Grace and I printed the Mineola American at Photonews. He was just a kid at this time but eventually bought the printing plant.