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Around the Town with Lou - August 14, 2009

Controversy has long marked the career of U.S. Congressman Peter King. He recently pointed out the many faults in the life Michael Jackson both proven and unproven and many saluted him for doing so. Others denounced King. His anti-illegal immigrant position has on several occasions found him criticizing the Catholic Church for their more lenient positions. King is a practicing Catholic and his strong anti-abortion statements have also made him controversial. King, one of the few remaining Republican office holders in this area, angered many in his party when he was the only Republican to vote against the impeachment of Bill Clinton. King is an interesting man to watch. He could run for the Senate in the next election.

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Tom and Dale Oswald dined at the Davenport. He is a retired city fireman and the inventor of the Fire Curtain. This is a curtain that is spread over the burning area to stop the wind. Containing the wind greatly helps in battling the fire. The city department recently used it effectively with a planned fire on Governors Island.  The NYFD is thinking of adopting it.

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I thank Joe Laino for his supportive letter regarding AG Andrew Cuomo’s attack on the villages. Joe realizes that the village is the most efficient and responsible entity in the state.

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One real bright spot in the state is our Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. We have known Tom since he was a 17-year-old kid at MHS. He amazed everyone when he ran for the school board a year later and won. He was the youngest person ever elected to a school board in the U.S. He had a long and successful career as a NY State assemblyman. He is doing a bang-up job as the comptroller. We also give a tip of the hat to his assistant Joe Galante.

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Anthony Tommasini, the music critic of The NY Times, is the son of Frank, the longtime owner of businesses in Williston Park.

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There are only two days in the U.S. when there are no sports. No baseball, football, basketball or hockey. That’s the day before and the day after baseball’s All Star Game. Notice how much spotlight there was on the British Open at that time since there was nothing else to write about.

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Mike Dougherty has been walking with a cane. He needs some hip remedial work. Mike is an usher at Corpus Christi, not right now of course, and he is active in the Knights. He and Jill live on White Road.

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Speaking of that church, doesn’t Fran Luisi, their singer, have a magnificent voice? She and husband Frank live in the village.

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Larry Monachelli, a retired city fireman, must be doing something right at Eleanor Rigbys. We have watched this spot over the years through many owners and many failures. Some may recall the Scales of Justice, the Firehouse, Delancy Street and Kevin Grant. Larry seemed to hit the nail on the head with his Beatle theme. Eleanor Rigby is a Beatle song and pictures of the four guys from Liverpool are everywhere. Their songs are played often. Larry also made a good decision when he opened the Octopus Room. This is the outdoor garden where you can dine al fresco.

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The limit of characters on Twitter had led to thinking of how to avoid that he/she situation. There just doesn’t seem to be any non-sexist word. Hs,sh and others are nonsense. They or them makes sense but purists object to the plural being used for the singular. But Chaucer used this expression in his Canterbury Tales 400 years ago.

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The tragic accident on the Taconic Parkway which led to eight deaths was a horror. At the funeral Mass for the woman and the four children held at Our Lady of Victory in Floral Park, one of the priests at the Mass was Father Bruno, who used to be an associated pastor of St. Aidan’s.

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Hilda Nagler does a good job as a lecturer at Corpus Christi.

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The fate of our local hockey team, the NY Islanders, probably depends on the outcome of the Lighthouse hearings. If Isles’ owner Charles Wang does not get an OK it looks like he will move the team. Kansas City has a state-of-the-art rink and will give in to Wang rent-free. Other places that could take our team are Las Vegas or Seattle. Toronto is also hoping for a second team. The Islanders will be here this season but after that who knows?

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Joe Lester, owner of the Ivy Cottage, is a good friend of Mary Ann Fearon, who will be soon opening her store “The Whistle Stop” nearby, just opposite TR’s Restaurant. He will help Mary Ann any way he can. Her next -door neighbor, Pyramid Jeweler, Allan Walsh, is also rooting for this popular lady. Good luck, Mary Ann.

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Martin O’Donnell still going strong with his Irish Pub O’Donnell’s at Roslyn Road and 2nd Street. Martin comes in most days and Mary on occasions.

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Marc Brodsky likes Dunkin’ Donuts. He is a retired limo driver and he and his wife Sandy live on Nassau Boulevard.