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Around The Town With Lou: June 19, 2012

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree 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 this paper.

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Smoke Free - These are the words that will greet you when you come to the Mineola pool. The pool board voted unanimously to make it a smoke free facility. The pool is all set with the full complement of 25 lifeguards and three alternates.

The other 18 other positions have been filled – that is the front gate, locker room and maintenance staff. People are reminded that the rear gate is only for the handicapped and all others have to enter from the front gate. The slide is repaired.

The problem with bees is being tackled with new screens. There are again security guards at night. The pool board consists of Jay Monaco, the chairman; Pat Strauss, Mary Ann Langone, Richard Maher, Jeff Clark and me. Kyle Teesma is the pool director assisted by Marta De Sousa.

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Ben Knapp enjoys walks around the village. He is a teacher at the Jackson Avenue School.

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Elsie Tramontano is a teacher’s aide at Jackson Avenue. Her husband Tom is famous for his great model cars.

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Sahgmin Bak is a student at Mineola High School. He and his mom Chunghi live on Beebe Road.

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Barbara Thompson of Clinton Avenue has worked on the election poles for 20 years. She also volunteers three days a week at the Red Cross.

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Frank Chester and his wife live on Lehigh Street in Williston Park. Frank has been a fireman for 43 years. Some may remember his grandfather Phil who owned a Studabaker Agency in Williston Park. He enjoys lunch at the Town House.

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Lud Oderna and his daughter Ursula are our neighbors as they now have an office at 146 E. 2nd Street. Lud is the former mayor of Williston Park and his business is custom funding.

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Samantha Monachelli is the daughter of Larry and Kathy, owner of Eleanor Rigby. She is working as a waitress in the family business.

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I was sorry to learn of the death of Ed Curran. Ed was a great cop, a fine detective and as he moved up through the ranks becoming chief of detectives, he was always the same great guy. Our condolences to his wife Ruth and the rest of the family.

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Phyllis Kruse and Caroline Shortis of Lewis Place, Rena Goulet of Williston and Rose DeZinna of Each Meadow lunched at the local Subway.

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Geraldine and Ken Aiello enjoy playing with their grandchildren Caden and Brea.

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The geese are back at Memorial Park. I find them a mixed blessing. They are handsome birds and give the park a rural look. The downside is their droppings.

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Helena and George Sommers are good patrons of the library.

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Susan and Patrick Sweeds are newcomers to the village. He works for the county and she is with the Hicksville Library.

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Jay Leno doesn’t like funeral directors who try to be funny like the one that advertises, “Let us urn your trust.”

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Ann Walsh of Ferncroft Avenue was born in Mineola. I met her at Werner’s Deli and was surprised to see Werner himself behind the counter.

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Robert Deerrotie of Wellington Road says cars speed constantly on his street. “It’s like a wild west show.”

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Diane Cassidy enjoys shopping at King Kullen.

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Sorry to hear that Teddi McCormack is not feeling well.