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Around the Town with Lou - July 31, 2009

Golden Agers are a great group. The president Lillian Barnola hosted a luncheon at the Davenport for her top committee people. Among them were Anne and Herbe Schmelke, Marilyn and Simon Lemli, Martha Makowski, Catherine McKeown, Ginny Smith, Arline Cavanaugh, Sadie Belle Carlson, Trude Pfeghardt, Janet Yopp, Ronnie Filippene, Mary Creegan, Hilda Nagler, Sophie Casement, Betty McMahon, Marie Benante, Raymond and Virginia Leonhard, Florence Licurse, Bob and Dotty Geehrer and Mary Duffy.

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Lino Ferreira of Mineola, the popular host at Davenport, is visiting Portugal to celebrate his dad Jose’s 90th birthday.

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Watch for the grand opening of the Whistle Stop, located by the East Williston Railroad and just opposite TR’s Restaurant. The owner is May Ann Fearon of CJ Gifts. Mary Ann is starting the business on her own. She will carry some great gifts, 50 percent off cards, candy, coffee, newspapers, cigarettes and Lotto. Good luck to this gal who is willing to buck the economic slowdown.

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Sorry to hear about the death of Tom Ford at the age of 91. Tom was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He fought in many battles in the Pacific. He was the leading Catholic layman fighting against abortion, for prayers in schools and aid for Catholic schools. Tom often worked pro-bono.

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Jim Whelan, son of Jack and Mae of Wardwell Road, was at Corpus Christi Church.


Tom Adams is a good tree surgeon. He and his wife Laura live on Watkins Drive. Tom has spent almost his entire life in the village. Tom is the guy to see if you have a problem with your tree.

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Churrasqueira, that excellent Portuguese restaurant, has opened an outdoor garden patio. On busy nights, you can sit there and enjoy a drink while your table is being prepared.

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Theresa Haffner, the former Theresa Richards, the head of the Mineola Teacher’s Association, lunched at the Seacrest with fellow teacher Woody Weill.

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Enjoying the pool were Joe McCarthy, John DaVanzo, Bill Grant and Ed Solosky. Ed’s wife Gerri is recuperating from knee surgery.

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At the open pool board meeting, there was a complaint that the women’s locker was not overly tidy and also, there were kids coming through the emergency gate. Mike Vezzi and Bruce Burns has some good suggestions. Bruce does not mind swimming in the rain and was annoyed that the pool often closed for rain. Pool manager Kyle Teemsma said that the pool only closes during heavy rain and, of course, if there is lightning. The pool has always been closed for an hour after a streak of lightning. Pool attendance has been down this season so far because of the number of rainy and cold days. Kyle said you can call the pool when it is raining to see if it’s closed.

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Lillian Fotto look great for a woman of 90. She lived in the Boulevard Towers and worked for the Bulova Watch Company when she was younger.

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Father Tomaz Gomide will be leading a group that will travel to Lourdes, France, Fatima, Portugal and Santiago De Compostela, Spain, the burial place of Apostle James.

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Ron and Kathy Woyciechowski were up for a visit from Northern Carolina. They left Mineola three years ago. They visited us, Gavin and Irene Duffy, the Mondello’s and other neighbors.

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You know the expression to “egg one on.” That comes from the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The Normans made slaves of the Anglo Saxons and when moving them from place to place, would march them in line. If you lagged a bit, you were stuck with a spear-head, which was called the Ego. The Anglo language died out many years ago, but the word Ego evolved in egg. I know you wanted to know that.

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Johan and Christine Pirrone have lived on White Road for 25 years. He works in the court system in Queens.