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Around the Town with Lou: November 1, 2011

Bishop John Dunne celebrated Mass at Corpus Christi as the church celebrated its 110th year. Concelebrating the Mass were the Pastor Robert Coyle and the priests Msgr. Edward Tarrant, The Rev. Tomaz Gomide, Rev. Gabriel Miah, Rev. Polycarp and Deacons Brian Mannix and John Reinhart. Bishop Dunne served at Corpus Christi 37 years ago. John Davanzo, Mary Ann Iaquinto and Antonio Martins were honored for their great service to the parish. Among those present we had a chance to talk to were Kitty Connors, George and Helena Sommer, Carl Marchese, Ed and Jeri Solosky, Ann Marie Jankay who was born in Mineola 66 years ago, Marion Horner, Dan and Tom Flynn, Tom Rudolph, whose dad Joe is very ill, Charlie and Sally Paterson, Terry and Pat Connors, Pat Robin, Dolores Mangold, John Macedo, Chris and Ann Gannon, Bill and Diane Cassidy, Bob and Kathy Mondello, Bernadette O’Brian, Mike and Jill Dougherty and Joe and Marge Wood. The bishop said in his homily that he met a German priest whose parish was marking 1,000 years. He spoke of the long history of the Roman Catholic Church. Grace and I had a chance to speak with him later and he said he followed the career of our daughter, Sister Annmarie.

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Brenda Lambertson had dinner at Eleanor Rigby’s. Her brother Brian owns A-1 Grand Auto on Herricks Road.

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John Kappen, a retired correction officer, buys a lotto ticket daily from Mary Ann Ferron’s Whistle Stop. John spent four years in the Air Force.

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Ken and Robin Ford enjoyed dinner at the Davenport. Ken and his brother Steve own Willis Hobbies.

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Msgr. Tarrant marked his 87th year on Oct. 1. His powerful homilies are a delight to hear. He says that before he dies he hopes to visit the Holy Land and walk the streets of Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem, like Jesus did.

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Carol and Mario Berta get to Mass in spite of the debilitating illness of Mario. He is an inspiration to us all.

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George Sommer, who worked on the Roslyn bridge job as a civil engineer, hopes to be back on the job soon as he recovers from his recent illness.

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Pat Carfagno does a fine job as a lay reader at Corpus Christi.

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Chloe was born Sept. 5 to Monte and Jerry Chiu of Beebe Road. She is the young couple’s first.

Dead Heat is a fine mystery written by our oldest son Richard. This story of politics and murder is his seventh book. It can be found at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon and at the Mineola Library.

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Eleanor Rigby’s was a big help at the street fair, letting us use their generator.

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Those carriage rides in Central Park are a great tourist attraction and a fine tradition. I hope the mayor doesn’t listen to those people who think that the horses are mistreated. Those horses are actually very well-treated as random inspections have proved.

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The “first string quarterback” is your best guy. This expression comes from the middle ages when, in battle or in the hunt, an archer would use his best string in his bow. The medieval archer’s life often depended on the bow and arrow.

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The Washington Manor will reopen again as a restaurant. The building has been remodeled inside and out; the historical places have been left in tact. In April 1791, George Washington stopped at this house for breakfast. He traveled with just himself and another horseman, his aid. When President Obama travels he is surrounded with aides and secret service agents.

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No, I didn’t pay Jeff Clark of Cablevision for the fine things he said about the column.