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Around the Town with Lou: July 19, 2011

Islanders to stay right here! That will happen. Senator Jack Martins told me because he believes that the public will vote “yes” on Aug. 1. In spite of the tough economic times he predicts a “yes” vote because the people realize that the Islanders are the only major league team we have in Nassau County. Jack said a new Coliseum will mean hundreds of new jobs and a profit for Nassau of $403 million. County Executive Ed Mangano told me the same thing. Atlanta is losing their hockey team to Winnipeg. Let’s keep our Isles here.

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In a wide-ranging process conference, Martins said Albany had allotted funds to elevate the Mineola-Carle Place flooding problem. I asked about the diner on Herricks Road, now called the Park-East, and why it hasn’t opened. The senator noted that the owners had spent about two million and were being denied an operating permit because of a lack of parking. He noted that this was an industrial area with few houses and said he thought a variance should be granted. I inquired what happened when 95 percent of LIRR retirees were granted disability payments. How could virtually everyone have been injured on the job? It was noted that four doctors had approved this huge expense. Newsday had a big story and we had it twice in this column. Then it disappeared from the radar. It’s like it never happened. Jack said he too had questions and would like some answers. He noted that the senate had approved the money to upgrade the Herricks Community Center. Senator Martins noted the beauty of Belmont Race Track and was wondering why this can’t be expanded in the Elmont area. He noted that the village doesn’t even have a supermarket.

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At the Seacrest Diner, we met Larry and Luba Egan, Maureen and Jim Howard, Robert Black and Rosalie Miller.

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Mineola postwoman Mary Gorry is a fanatical Mets fan and doesn’t like the Yanks (what a surprise!). She went to the first two games of their three-game meet and watched the Yanks kill her team. Mary missed the third game and missed the Mets exciting comeback victory. That’s the way it goes!

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Move over Jay, David Letterman found this classified in a weekly paper out west, “If your first name is Alford, we have a beautiful headstone almost new at a very reasonable price.”

Dennis Liberatos, owner of the Davenport Restaurant says that business in April and May was very good. However, June was flat.

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Popular names for boys still have Jacob at the top followed by David, William, Joseph, James and Isabella tops the girls’ names, followed by Victoria, Anna, Avery, Arianna and Ava.

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Eleanor and Ted Hoffman of Burkard Avenue have lived their entire lives and raised their three kids in Mineola. Ted is a retired metal worker and both like Dunkin’ Donuts. Who doesn’t?

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Joe and Kimberly Galante and baby Riley Ann live on Foch Boulevard. Joe is the righthand man of State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

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Corpus Christi Sister Therese Ezeilus does such a wonderful job with the RIC classes.

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Msgr. Edward Tarrant marked his 61 years as a priest. Over his career he has been a teacher and has served several parishes. He lives in retirement at Corpus Christi but is called upon almost every Sunday. All are electrified by his terrific homilies. He is a big fan of the Mets, Jets and Giants.

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Former Mayor Ed Smith and wife Evelyne give Grace a call now and then. We all remember Ed, a fine mayor and great business-minded president of the chamber of commerce. The popular couple have a host of friends in their Connecticut neighborhood, but still miss Mineola.

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It’s hard to believe with Sunday shopping and some stores open 24 hours now, but 50 years ago most of the stores on Jericho Turnpike closed Wednesday afternoons in the summer.

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Larry Young, owner of Young’s Taxi, sits back and watches as the big fleets of All Island and Checker battle it out. Larry only has the one cab and wants no more. He does no advertising and has an unlisted phone. He likes his customers and they like him. If he gets a new customer that’s fine but if he doesn’t, that’s okay too.

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John and Alice Squeri have lived on Pershing Parkway for 45 years. He is retired from government service. John is an usher at Corpus Christi Church.

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Retired police Sgt. Gavin Duffy and wife, Irene, and sons Cody and Tyge, live on Beebe Road. A huge tree limb fell from their tree blocking two-thirds of the street. Even though it was the July 4th holiday, the water department was on the job. Later in the day it was all cleaned up. Great job by the water department!