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Around the Town with Lou - May 27, 2011

“USA, USA,” the crowd at Citizen’s Bank field in Philly was shouting. Dave Wright of the Mets was standing on second base and was wondering what all the yelling meant. He asked Jimmy Rollins of the Phils, but he didn’t know either. It was only when they got back to the dugout that they were told the goods news that Osama bin Laden had been killed. Finally, something that both the Mets and Phils could agree on along with the rest of America.
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My greatest friend Jerry Mehlman died at the age of 86. He was a founder of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce. Jerry remembers when if 12 people came to a meeting we were happy. At a recent meeting we had 65 in attendance and have even had 80 at one point. He watched the Chamber grow from 35 paid members to the 300 that we have today.
Jerry worked on every project, the fair, the Taste of Mineola and Mineola in Style. He was the most active in the Scholarship Committee interviewing students to find those most worthy. He owned his own insurance company called Lindner and Mehlman. He handled all the insurance needs of the Chamber.
His two great loves were the Mets and the Democratic Party. It was announced that the scholarship would be called the Jerry Mehlman Scholarship Award. Jerry was twice president of the Chamber and 35 years a director. Our condolences to his beloved wife of 60 years, Muriel, his son Dr. Raymond and daughter-in-law Debbie. There are few men as dedicated as Jerry. He will be badly missed.
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Kathy and Bob Kopetic of Williston Park shop at the Whistle Stop. Bob is a retired cop.
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Do you find a lot of rabbits in your neighborhood? My wife Grace sees a couple of them everyday or so whether on our lawn or on a neighbors. They are welcome, adding a rural touch to the village.
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Sal Lombardo of Beebe Road introduced me to his grandson James Kerr, age 2. The happy grandma is Michele. James’ parents are Sal and Michele Kerr. His mom is a teacher at Jackson Avenue.
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Times change. I note that the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Roslyn is now the Korean Methodist Church.

Russ Miller dined at Eleanor Rigby’s. He is eagerly waiting for the opening of the Mineola pool.
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Laura Francis has been the hostess for 10 years at the above-mentioned restaurant. She lives in Mineola and has three children, Danny, Jimmy and Megan.
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Msgr. Edward Tarrant is a busy man. He is supposed to be retired but is often at Corpus Christi delivering one of his great homilies. Every Thursday and Saturday he is the celebrant at Our Lady of Hope.
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Mary O’Boyle was back at Corpus Christi Church. Mary was suffering from cardiac problems but seems much better.
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Met Joe Hoffman of East Williston. He was a NYC cop, worked his way up through the ranks becoming chief of detectives and was eventually named deputy police commissioner by Mayor Ed Koch.
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Jay Leno found an ad for a restaurant listing their great corned beef and garbage! I hope they meant corned beef and cabbage. He also found an ad to an apartment for rent, but it read, “Sorry no Poets.” I think they meant no pets.
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The fighting in Libya makes me think of the bitter battles we fought in North Africa when our great General Dwight Eisenhower, commanded our forces, the British had Montgomery, the enemy was led by Field Marshall Irwin Rommel and the Italians by Marshal Gratzano. This long and bitter struggle raging across Egypt and Libya finally ended with our great victories at Tunis.
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I met Jeff Wiegel’s brother the other day. Some may remember Wiegel’s Restaurant on Herricks Road. Jeff and his dad Pete owned the place; later it became Capps, then Ian McGregor’s, then an Irish Pub Glenerins, then a pizza place DeCarlos and today is the Portuguese Restaurant Pira Pira. Jeff today is a used car salesman.