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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, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace, a graduate of Adelphi University, have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

Bananas, two cents; apples, two cents, watermelons, 25 cents. These were some of the prices advertised at Moyius Fruit Stand, a huge stand that stood at the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Willis Avenue in the 1950s, where the KFC is today.

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Janet and Tom Raad live on Latham Road. Tom is a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments.

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Judge George Peck has lived in Williston Park for 70 years.

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Joe Bellafallo is a salesman who resides on Brown Street and likes to shop at King Kullen.

 

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Mary and Michael Maye have lived in Mineola for 42 years. He worked for the phone company while Mary had a catering business.

 

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Dave Keefe is the president of AARP and a member of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce. He was a teacher of history at Hempstead High School. He and his wife, Rosemary, live on Brown Street.

 

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Connie Altvater and Patty Nicoll are good friends and often go to lunch and to church together.

 

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Enjoying breakfast at IHOP were the board of the Williston Park Rotary Club, including Karen Wiley, the president; Ray Haller of the Haller-Zaremba Insurance Company; Mary Lopez, Angela Williams and Larry Kane of Village Florist and

Gifts; Bobby Shannon of Reality Roofing; Dr. Morris Chinon; Nancy Zollezzi of Zollezzi Auto Body, and Mary Reardon.

 

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Jay Leno found a mortician who is adverse to the word “caskets.” His ad reads, “We have a large selection of underground furniture.”

 

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Allison Leven used to live in town. She now lives in Roslyn Heights, but still comes to shop at King Kullen. Another customer is Pat Strauss, wife of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss.

 

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Neil and Madeline Piloto of White Road are election poll workers. Neil is a drug counselor and was once on the pool board.

 

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James Delay is a waiter at Eleanor Rigby’s. He likes to play football and lives on Roselle Street.

 

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Jackie, Stephen and James Petrowski and Carlo Anselmo are patrons of Rigby’s.

 

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Mary and Tom Brennan live on Fairfield Avenue. Tom is self-employed.

 

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Tracey, Steve and Claire Baumann live in Williston but like to attend Corpus Christi Church.

 

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Many election time speeches contain:

 

“My opponent in this election raised taxes, is the enemy of the middle class, hates the poor, favors the rich, works for special interest groups. His or her election would be a disaster.” It would be great if we could have an election where you don’t have to make your opponent sound like almost a criminal, but don’t hold your breath.

 

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Mary Gorry had been a Mineola mail deliverer for 28 years. She is a season ticket holder of the Mets and has suffered through many losing seasons. By the way, her best friend is Mary Ann Fearon, who owned The Whistle Stop. Mary Ann now works for an attorney.