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Around The Town With Lou: June 28, 2013

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who got 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 remains a signature feature of this paper.

 

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We were disappointed with the resignation of Terry Hale from the school board. He was a much admired and well-liked member. Terry had served as the vice president and then the president of the board with distinction. He had been involved in school matters for almost 20 years. Being a member of the school board means lots of hard work and long hours and no pay. Statements made in e-mails, which he now regrets, led to his resignation. Terry said, “I will be back.” We hope so.

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Smoking will only be allowed in a designated area outside of the pool. Ken Solosky is a new member of the pool board. He is the son of Ed and Jerry. Dan Kopetic has returned as the pool manager, a position he had held for nine years before leaving four years ago. All the damage from hurricane Sandy has been repaired. There will be two open pool board meetings over the summer with the public invited to come with any problems they have. The meetings will be held at the pool July 13 and Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. In answer to a question, it takes 24 hour to fill the pool.

 

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At the Feast of Corpus Christi celebrated by Father Tomaz Gomide, the theme was “we are all the church.” Some of the children of the first communion class came up and said, for example, “I’m Tristin Dougherty representing Ireland—we are all the church.” Other kids represented Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and India. The last one said, “I represent the United States—we are all the church” and received a standing ovation. Rev. Gomide jokingly said, “I know a lot of you might not know me, but I have been one of your priests for 37 years.” Father Gomide, because he speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian, visits may different parishes.

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Maria Martin of Arlington Street tells me her husband Manuel is visiting Portugal. Back home he works at a gas station.

 

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The governor said we won’t open the new bridge until it’s finished. Jay Leno spotted that headline. “That’s good news, you hate to see people fall into the river.”

 

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Joe Spollen of Andrews Road used to work at the Mineola pool. He now works at Sloan Kettering.

 

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James Baylis, Cecilia Laney and Susan Osowecki, former and present residents of the village, dined at Eleanor Rigby’s.

 

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Will and Elizabeth Fredo live in our area. He is retired and she is a pediatrician.

 

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Albert and Helen Capei of Roslyn Road are long time parishioners of Corpus Christi Church.


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Good to see past Grand Knight Terry Connor back on his feet. His son Pat says his new pacemaker should help.

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Those two new railings on the front steps of Corpus Christi are really great. They make it much easier to go up and down the steps. John Davanzo donated the money for the railings.

 

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I see Adam Haber, running for Democratic nomination as county executive, is advertising on TV. We have three men, all with deep pockets, contending: Tom Suozzi hoping for the Dem’s nomination and incumbent Republican Ed Mangano.

 

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Sharon Freeman works for Vision World in Albertson. She and David live in that same village.