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Around The Town With Lou

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 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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“Tough and no nonsense” was the way people described Lud Odierna during his time as mayor of Williston Park, 2006 to 2010. He was elected with great enthusiasm, but four years later many people were glad to see him go. People either liked him a lot or not at all. Lud is a distinguished mortgage broker. He was the vice president of L.I. Mortgage Officers Society. Lud was the chairman of the Mortgage Finance Committee. He appeared before Congress to testify on behalf of the industry. He and his daughter Ursula own Custom Funding on East Second Street.

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Peter Smith is an architect employed as a project manager for Moody’s. His work takes him to Japan, England, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. His wife Karen trained as an interior designer but now works for a company in Syosset. They are in building management and they have 36 commercial buildings. Karen is involved in the leasing of the buildings. Peter and Karen have lived in Mineola for 21 years, the last seven on Elderberry Road. Their son Connor is 16 and taller than his dad. Connor attends Kellenberg and their daughter Nicole os a student at Notre Dame Elementary School. The family was active in Corpus Christi, in fact, Karen was the president of the school board. When the school closed and children went to Notre Dame, the Smiths switched to that parish.

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The grandson of Walter and Joan Hobbs, Jacob, is an Army Cavalry man stationed in Texas. He brought his girlfriend Anna up with him for a visit. Jacob proposed to Anna at a restaurant and she said “yes.” He and the Hobbs are very happy.

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Freida Gerland was helping Werner in the Jericho Turnpike deli that still bears his name. The deli now belongs to a hard-working couple from Korea, Lee and Kim, but Werner is glad to help out when needed.

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“Call me Ishmael,” that famous opening line from Moby Dick, leads us to remember that Ishmael’s last name was Starbuck.

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No, Anton Newspapers will not be taking one of those 30-second Super Bowl commercials that cost $3 million.

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Scott and Christina Levy live on Arlington Street. Scott works for us at Anton’s and Christina was actually born in Mineola.

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He doesn’t live here but a lot of people know and like him. This is Dr. Maseih Moghaddassi who works with Dr. Anthony Durante in the care of ears, noses and throats. Their office is on Mineola Boulevard.

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Steve Loscano lives on Wellington Road and works in our Circulation Department. His mom is Betty Vazquez who is so active in the Friends of the Library.

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The Chamber of Commerce speaker was Sean McCarthy, the commander of the Third Police Precinct. He gave the members a great overall view of his command. The Third is the biggest and busiest of the Nassau precincts. Judging from the many questions that the inspector had to answer, his talk must have been a huge success. Chamber President Bill Greene had to intercede to let the speaker eat his dinner. The Chamber’s next speaker will be Geoff O’Hare, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Gus Lodato of Garfield Avenue has worked hard on the re-election campaign of Mayor Scott Strauss. He and his wife Carmella live on Garfield Avenue. Both attend Corpus Christi Church.

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Speaking of that church, Frank and Maryann Iaquinto are two diligent workers for the parish.

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The ad was to read do you, “suffer from bladder control,” but Jay Leno caught one that asked do you, “suffer from blabber control.” I think a lot of politicians have that problem!