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Around the Town with Lou: September 6, 2011

Tragedy struck close to home with the drowning death of NYPD officer Patrick Luca in a kayak accident. Thank heaven his 5-year-old Caden is okay. Our condolences to his widow Stephanie. They also have a young daughter, Brea. Officer Luca is the son-in-law of our neighbors Ken and Gerri Aiello.

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Bobby and Jeannie Franz live on Barwick Boulevard. They have two kids Tim, 10, and James, 6. Bobby is a fireman and works for Albertson Hardware.

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Jim Agnew used to visit his native Ireland every year. He has sold most of his Dublin properties where he used to visit his brothers and sisters. Now they mostly come here.

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Terry Tice is a patron of John Martins Salon. She and her husband Jeff live in Mineola. Some may remember Terry, the former Miss O’Neill, who was once the asst. Mineola pool manager.

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Some people say that Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, should run for president. Others say his avoirdupois might work against him. Okay, I had to look it up too! It means weight. William Howard Taft weighed about 300 lbs. but that was long before TV, Facebook and computers. Christie, by the way, says he is not running.

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Every day we see rabbits hopping on our property. Grace noticed that when it rains they take refuge under our hedges.

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Republicans and Democrats can at least work together on something. The two helped ruin Charlie Wang’s Coliseum plan when the Democratic County Executive Tom Suozzi was for the plan. All the GOP were opposed. Now that the Republican Executive Edward Mangano was in favor of Wang’s plans, all the Dems said, “No way.” My own opinion is to leave the taxpayers out of it. Forget the Lighthouse plan with shopping districts, a minor league ballpark, bridges and streams. We didn’t need any more stores. Let Mr. Wang spend his own money and just build a new coliseum. In this economy it’s the only thing that makes sense.

Kevin and Claire Boland live on Juniper Avenue. Kevin is an industrial engineer appraising the efficiency of manufacturing plants and their machines. Their children are Kathleen, Sarah, Kelly, Anne and John.

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The Rev. Polycarp from Nigeria gives some fine homilies at Corpus Christi Church. Speaking of that church, Father Tomaz Gomide is planning a trip to the Holy Lands in March.

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Early Saturday at the John DaVanzo Pool, meet Tom Kennedy, Bruce and Maryann Burns, Vinnie and Maryann Langone, Tony and Beverly Donnelly. Bev does 30 laps daily; she used to do 60. Our head usher Tony is not much of a swimmer.

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Bobbie Wulkiewicz of Willis Avenue is a greenskeeper at Eisenhower Park.

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A jockey who is heading into the homestretch with a big lead knows that he can spare his whip and ease his tight grip on the reins letting his hands drop a bit because he is going to win. Thus, our expression “to win hands down” meaning an easy victory.

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Our daughter, Sister Annmarie’s three year project, “Women of the Spirit” has toured the U.S. from the Atlantic to the Pacific. One million people have visited the museums. The exhibit has still to go to South Bend, Indiana before finishing in Sacramento. Cokie Roberts is going to do a documentary on the entire project for PBS.