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Around the Town with Lou: April 17, 2012

Editor’s note: Lou Sanders, who has his degree in journalism from NYU, and his wife Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of the paper.

Portuguese people really know how to serve a great breakfast. That’s why 452 people come to the annual breakfast of the Portuguese Lions Club on Palm Sunday. Among those there, we had a chance to talk to Lino Pereira, who was the chairman; Arlindo Cunha, Manny Costa, Jose Dores, Joao Cautano, Sharon Moskowitz, Rosa Ribeiro, Victor Dovale, the president, Dick and Marguerite O’Callaghan, Joaquinia Correia, Edward Lieberman, Marc Neal, Fred Rieger, Linda Ruggiero, Mathew Ruggiero, Antonio Martins, father of Senator Jack Martins; Maria Goncalves, Paul Pereira, Mike Fernandes, Bill Gresalfi, Dean Almunzar, Mike Leibe, Mike Harrington, Ralph Buffalino, Andres Zaldevar, Pat Lynch, Justin Sandlen, Chris Destefano, Dylan Murphy, Gary Mazur, Madison Wolf, C.J. Pagarant, Paul Radman, Louis Athian, David Lopes, Chase Pagnagni, Brendan Corrigan, Jon Czubakowski, John Polbadon, Daniel Drimpsky, Dominick and Carolina De Oliveira and George Durham. Sausages, eggs, bacon, ham, pancakes, rolls, orange juice and coffee all for $7. The money went to the Lions Club for the blind. It was a great breakfast.

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Mineola mailwoman Mary Gorry was at Citifield to see the Mets’ Opening Day win over Atlanta.

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President Obama and Congress passed the “No Insider Trading Law.” Wasn’t this always considered a crime? Ask Martha Stewart.

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I ran into Linda Evans. She worked at the old Howard Johnson’s for 25 years. HoJos was located where Jonathans is today on Jericho Turnpike.

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Met Marge Hill and Martha Becker at the doctor the other day for routine checkups.

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Martin O’Donnell is now in the real estate business. He and his wife Mary used to own the bar at the corner of Roslyn Road and 2nd Street.

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Biscuit and Barbeque is the new name of the diner on Hudson Street in the East Second Street industrial area. Over a period of 60 years, the diner has had many names. Often it was called the Hudson Diner, later Mike’s Diner, the Silver Diner, Matt’s, and then Kiss the Chef.

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Jay Leno noted our kids get a week’s spring break; in China, they get a break to go to the bathroom.

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Jim Doughtery, Sean Coffee and the other Third Precinct cops seem to be everywhere keeping Mineola and Williston Park safe and sound.

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Mike Balboni and his wife Stephanie live in East Williston. Mike was a former state senator, then in charge of Homeland Security and now in private home security.

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Dave Letterman came across this ad for a $85 million house with its own pool, stables, and tennis courts and just five minutes from Wal-mart.

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Alterino and Anna Persico returned home to Roslyn Road after spending three months in Florida.

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Ann Phelan never misses Mass at Corpus Christi Church.

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Bob and Pam Borra, owners of Borra Electric Co. founded by Bob’s dad in 1947, enjoyed dinner at the Davenport.

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Speaking of the Davenport, Frank Antun, Jr. was there last week. It was his dad who converted the old printing plant into a restaurant in 1955. This explains the name Davenport Press and why there is an old linotype machine in the lobby.