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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, a graduate of Adelphi University, 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.

 

If you have a neighbor like Sean Burke, you are lucky. He can fix and repair almost anything. He has been in construction all his life. He works as a construction supervisor in the city and is just finishing up a four-year job at Lincoln Center. Sean and his wife Donna have lived here since 1994. They are active in St. Aidan’s Church where their son Ryan attends. He is Scout leader of Cub Pack 221. Ten-year-old Ryan excels in many sports. Sean has a great Irish sense of humor and is a fine friend.

 

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Sal Cataldo is now thin and very friendly. It’s hard to remember the hard hitter who was the bane of the establishment.

 

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Maggie Powers is engaged to Michael Oliva. They both live in Mineola.

 

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“Low quality and high prices.” No, they didn’t take truth serum. Jay Leno said that they transposed the words “high” and “quality.” Some proofreader is in big trouble.

 

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Gavin and Irene Duffy went to the game to see everybody’s favorite catcher, Mike Piazza, installed in the Mets Hall of Fame.

 

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Mary Ann Iaquinto does a good job as a lay reader. She and Frank are active in Corpus Christi Church. Among the parishioners was Florinda Pava.

 

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Yopps Service Station at 192 Mineola Boulevard has been there for 60 years. This was the spot that once belonged to John Davanzo. Owner Fred Yopp and his guys can do most anything: automotive transmissions, brakes, tires, wheel alignments, alternators, or just a simple grease and oil job or inspections. They always do it well.

 

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Maryann Burns is a Eucharistic minister at Corpus Christi Church. She and her husband Bruce love the Mineola pool and also like to go to Islander games. They live on Arlington Street.

 

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Thinking about the Isles, some longtime fans say they will not travel to Brooklyn to see the team next year. Others tell me that they will still attend the games.

 

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Bob Seeds, playing for the farm team of the NY Giants, hit four homers in a game and the next day hit three more. Seven homers in two games and he was quickly promoted to the Giants. He played a number of games but never hit another homer and was returned to the minors.

 

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That pretty girl that was on the front cover of our home and garden section was Caren Benipayo, our art coordinator here at Anton. She lives in Mineola.

 

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Our friend Jay Leno saw a street sign in a Maryland Village called “Edgar Allen Pie.” Could this be the man who wrote The Raven? Jay also spotted a headline “Suspect flies cops.” all those flys – no wonder!

 

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Lots of opposition to the proposed gas station and convenience store at the corner of 449 Jericho Turnpike. The spot is surrounded with homes. The 24-hour operation would be a nightmare. 

 

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Pat Tobin often sings solo at public events. He is a member of the Corpus Christi Choir. He is active in the Ambulance Corp. He wanted to run for the village board but lost out in the primary.

 

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Msgr. Robert Batule is a big sports fan. The Corpus Christi pastor follows baseball and football.