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Around the Town with Lou: September 20, 2011

Jim Crow served in the background of that fine film The Help, the story of southern white women and their black maids. I recall as a wet-behind-the-ears young soldier in 1942 traveling by train from New York to Atlanta. When the train left Washington all the black people began to move to the rear of the train. I asked the conductor what was happening and he said we have “Jim Crow” laws here, boy. Blacks to the back of the train.

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The Village of Mineola did a great job of cleaning up after hurricane Irene.

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With the bitter battle raging about the illegal immigrants with some saying expel them all and others saying give them a chance to become citizens, many religious leaders say that in the eyes of God there is no such thing as an illegal person.

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Grace Weismantel of Florida and her daughter Karen enjoyed dinner at Eleanor Rigby’s. Grace was born in Williston Park and her late husband Walter owned Weismantel’s Bakery which was on Jericho Turnpike for more than 59 years.

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Dorothy and Bob Geehrer of Fairfield Avenue and their friend Marjorie Watts of Kingston, Jamaica enjoyed dinner at the same restaurant. Bob was an accountant at Bird’s Eye Frozen Foods. The Geehrers have lived here for 52 years.

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Pat Tobin and his sister Fran enjoy long walks in Mineola and Williston Park.

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Adam Sims of Woodnut Place has translated a fine book about the history of Jews in France. He tells a story that many didn’t know. His book is available at our library. France was one of the few countries to grant Jews full citizenship. The book was written by Robert Badinter. It took Mr. Sims many years to get his translation published.

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It costs $35 to park your car at Yankee Stadium. I used to think that $7 was a lot at Nassau Coliseum.

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Tom and Mikey Tatem had lunch at Eleanor Rigby’s. They live at Bradley Court. Tom is an elevator mechanic; he says in his life he has had many ups and downs!

Speaking of humor, Dave Letterman found this ad in a weekly newspaper out west. It was an ad announcing the grand opening of a new tavern. It was supposed to say free beer for the first 60 customers. In print it came out - free beer, limit 60 per customer.

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Buni Colburn is a waitress at Rigby’s. Her husband Richie works for the Town of Hempstead and they live on Hillside Avenue.

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Martha Becker and her husband Paul have lived in the village for 59 years. Martha was a school nurse in the Mineola School District. Their daughter Barbara graduated from the Newhouse School of Journalism and worked for several daily papers. The Beckers have lived on Mineola Boulevard for 59 years.

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Mary Iaquinto and Antonio Martins will be honored at the 110-year celebration of Corpus Christi Church.

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John Davanzo will receive the 2011 St. Agnes Medal of Service Award at St. Agnes Cathedral.

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Nick and Susan Pennachio will be honored by the Knights of Columbus at their annual “Italian Night.” Nick is a past grand knight.

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Eating breakfast out on Labor Day were Jim and Maureen Howard, Fran Dempsey, Teddy McCormack, Florence Lee, and Ron Geoffrion (his cousin was Boom Boom Geoffrion, Hall of Fame Star of the Montreal Canadiens), Ron Volpe, owner of Volko Supplies and Jimmy, former owner of the Jericho Diner.

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Grace Klvania is a good customer of Mary Ann Fearon’s Whistle Stop. She has lived most of her life in Williston Park and worked for the Mineola School District.

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Jennifer McBride of Bradley Court has worked in the Cardiology Department of Winthrop Hospital for three years. Her husband is a gunsmith.