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Around the Town with Lou - June 3, 2011

Nuclear power in the United States was the topic of interest last week. Bill Robeson spoke to the Mineola Chamber about nuclear energy especially about what happened in Japan and how it affects the nuclear power plants in the United States. He explained how uranium and nuclear fusion work. He said what happened in Japan was nothing like the disaster in the old Soviet Union where the radiation spread over thousands of miles. In Japan the radiation was confined to a 20-mile radius. We have 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S. and get 20 percent of our energy from them. With the exception of the Three Mile Island accident all have been operating safely. France gets 80 percent of its power from nuclear. Most of them are close to large cities and there have been no problems.

Bill said that it was the tsunami that caused the Japanese disaster. He said that wind turbines, solar panels and hydroelectric plants help but are very limited and could never be enough to supply our energy needs. He said that the problem with the waste could be aided by a recycling system. There have been no new plants built in the United States for the last 30 years.

He said that the life of a power plant is 40 years so big decisions await us. Mr. Robeson is the radiation safety inspector at North Shore Hospital and he is a professor of nuclear technology at Molloy College. He has 37 years experience in nuclear medicine and health physics. His audience was amazed at his knowledge. Bill is a believer in nuclear power.

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Grace and Walter Crosby had a wonderful trip to the Hawaiian Islands. Walter is a former fire department chief.

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Rick and Joanne Ueland dined at the Davenport. Rick was the circulation manager of The New York Times for 20 years. Prior to that he worked for the government for two decades.

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Speaking of the Times, I subscribe to the digital edition that costs $180 a year. If I bought the print edition it would cost $600. The digital has everything the print edition has plus hourly updates. I see 100,000 people are getting the digital issue plus the one million that get the print copy.

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Joe Connelly owned the Texaco Station in Garden City Park years ago. Later he took over the Citro Station in Mineola. Joe and his wife Maria live in town. They have four kids, 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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Manuel and Maria Pontoja live on Lincoln Avenue. Both are parishioners of Corpus Christi Church.

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Podiatrist Robert Einhorn, who has offices in Mineola and Williston Park, is a big fan of the LI Ducks, the team managed by former NY Met Bud Harrelson. Good seats for just $11 and free parking.

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The Queen of England visited Ireland. This was the first visit of an English monarch in 100 years. Elizabeth impressed many with her speech when she made her greeting in Gaelic, a language outlawed when Britain ruled Ireland. Elizabeth seems to be more of a “regular guy” than Victoria. The English jokesters in those days turned our “Dear Old Queen” into “Our Queer Old Dean.”

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Dave Keefe is the spokesman for AARP. He worked as a social studies teacher in Hempstead. He and his wife Rosemary live on Brown Street. Rosemary was born in Mineola.

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Christine Paganelli has worked at Haller Insurance for six years. Her husband Steve is with UPS. They live on White Road and have two daughters, one at Kellenburg and one at Nassau Community.

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Charles Munder was in his hardware store last week. Munder’s opened in 1948 and is the only store left in either Mineola or Williston that has the same owner as when we came here 60 years ago. Munder’s is run by his son Bill and on weekends helped by his other son Rob and grandson Greg.

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How many left-hand hitters swing on the first pitch in the 4th inning? Do you know how many third baseman double-clutch before pegging to first base in the sixth? I have no idea, but if you follow baseball you know that it’s a game full of statistics. There must be hundreds of guys recording every move in all major league games. What they come up with is amazing. It must be a regular industry.

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Manny Carvalho has opened a Portuguese Imports retail store on East Second Street just two blocks west of Anton Newspapers. He sells novelties and foods. This is in addition to his big Churrasqueira Restaurant on Jericho Turnpike. They do a booming business with great chickens, steaks, salmon and swordfish plus plenty of free parking.

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Congrats to Terry Hale and Will Hornberger on their re-election to the school board.