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Around the Town with Lou - June 24, 2011

Red light cameras are a subject of controversy. Law abiding citizens who stop at all red lights think that they are fine. Those who like to beat the lights, of course, hate them. They say it makes them slam on their brakes and risk being rear-ended. Others say they shouldn’t be approaching intersections at such a high rate of speed.

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The above reminds of the old joke, “I want to die peacefully in my sleep like grandpa and not screaming in terror like the passengers in the car.” Lack of sleep causes many accidents.

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John and Kathy Lane live on Latham Road. He works for Bank of America and she is a landscape designer. They have a son Jack, 6, and a daughter Christina, 4. The Lanes have lived here for 20 years.

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Jay Leno has spotted an ad for half a giraffe of wine with dinner. The spelling of carafe is similar to that of the long-necked fellow.

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Noreen O’Keefe Murphy is a local crossing guard. Her husband Jamie is a code enforcer.

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Donna Burke and Eljime Franzine enjoyed a pizza at Gino’s.

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The magnificent Clark Gardens is free. There is no admission to walk their many paths and enjoy their botanical wonders and stately trees or to cross their bridges over their ponds. There is no charge for parking. How many other things are free-of-charge?

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Jim and Maureen Howard of Williston Park like to lunch at the Seacrest.

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Larry Egan does a good job as a lay reader at Corpus Christi Church. He and his wife Luba live in town.

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The Nassau County Museum has photo portraits of Richard Avedon. Some we saw were of Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe, Humpfrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Bridgette Bardo, Ronald Reagan, Arthur Miller, Ezra Pound, Wallis Simpson, Edward Windsor and Cyd Charisse.

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Hats off to Republican Congressman Pete King. When the GOP-controlled House voted to slash our Homeland Security budget, King joined the Democrats and voted against the measure. He’s the head of Homeland Security. King said the Republican plan was an “invitation to attack.” He puts country ahead of party.

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Jim Agnew says he has sold the property he has long owned in his native Dublin. He lives on Garfield Avenue. His daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Chris Macias, have a house on Latham Road.

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Joe and Kathy Rudaitis of Rudolph Road attend Corpus Christi almost every Sunday.

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At the Station Diner were Elizabeth and Barney Rauert of Nassau Boulevard, Manoeia Dos Santos and Lucio Da Luz of Mineola and Roy and Fran Harlick of New Hyde Park, formerly of Beebe Road.

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Elsie and Tom Triemontez live in town. She is a teacher’s aide at Jackson Avenue and he is retired from the Town of North Hempstead.

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Mary Husowitz of 9th Avenue likes Murphy’s Irish Pub on Old Country Road.

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The hockey season is finally over. This season which started on Oct. 12 is now finished in mid-June. Baseball is no better starting in March, a game in Denver was called for snow, and the World Series takes us to October when it is getting chilly and dark. The answer is, of course, greed. That’s the reason the whole series is now played at night. More money can be made.

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Karen Dombeck likes Subway’s foot-longs. She is a teacher’s aide at the middle school. She and her husband Mike live in the village.

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Brigid Colgan of Raff Avenue was born in Donegal. She worked as a hair stylist at Saks.