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Around the Town with Lou - October 23, 2009

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. In commemoration of his 200th anniversary our library will have Harold Holzer speak on “The Journey to Emancipation” on Nov. 13. Mr. Holzer is a leading authority on our 16th president and co-chairman of the Lincoln Bi-Centennial Commission. He has written many books about Lincoln; his latest is Lincoln President-elect and the Great Succession Winter 1860-1861.

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I went to opening night of the Islanders. It was very impressive with the 12 ice girls and the junior hockey boys displaying a huge American flag big enough to cover the entire surface of the rink as the Star Spangled Banner was sung. The Isles drew a full house of more than 16,000. They lost but it was a thrilling game settled by a shoot out.

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Robet DeBello of Latham Road attends Molloy College and Kenny Rauert of Nassau Boulevard goes to Adelphi. They had lunch at the Seacrest Diner.

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Pete Owens, the local realtor and Kiwanian dined at Mim’s in Roslyn.

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Saw a sign in Dr. Barry Gimbel’s office on Willis Avenue reading, “Laughter is the best medicine.”

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Joe Lester, owner of Ivy Cottage, was buying some 50 percent off cards from Mary Ann Fearon at the Whistle Stop. Mary Ann said that the first day she opened she sold eight Newsdays, now she sells 40. Sue Citro of Mineola was also buying something from the Whistle Stop.

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Jay Leno found this line from a speech by a local politician, “If you don’t want to support education, think of ignorancy.” I still laugh when he calls the Iranian dictator, “I’m-a-nut-job.”

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This was a day for garage sales on our block, three at once. Michele and Sal Lombardo, Sean and Donna Burke and Debbie and Nugent Cantelino. Hope they made some green.

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Cold rainy weather doesn’t stop Dan and Tom Flynn, Chris and Ann Gannon, Carl and Carol Marchese, Jack and Eileen Whelan and Larry and Luba Egan from attending Mass at Corpus Christi Church.

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Dr. Lyman Fussell died in New Hampshire a couple of weeks ago. He was 107 years old. He practiced medicine in Mineola for 56 years as a GP. He was the chief police surgeon for the Nassau County Police Department. The Mass was held at Corpus Christi Church and burial was Holy Rood.

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I think DA Kathleen Rice made the correct decision in not prosecuting the woman who made the false rape charge against the five men at Hofstra College. This woman has a history of mental problems. The fact that she had consensual sex with five complete strangers in the space of a couple of hours surely shows she is far from normal. Sentencing this woman to psychiatric counseling and to community service sounds like the best solution. Rice’s Republican opponent Joy Watson says that prison should have been given to a person who brings false charges and damages reputations. The voters will decide this one in November.

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Shopping at King Kullen was Carole Muldoon, widow of the late beloved mayor of Williston Park, Tom, and Joe and Ann Tartaglia.

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John McGuire of Williston Park used to work on the LIRR. His wife Barbara was born in that village.

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Norien Zwiebel shops at Holiday Farms in Roslyn. After she left, I remembered her late husband who used to be active in community affairs. I don’t remember his first name and as Mrs. Zwiebel is not listed in the book I was unable to call her.

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John O’Hara retired from the phone company a while back and richly enjoys his retirement.

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Jimmy Doughtery of Williston Park has been keeping our community safe for the last ten years as a cop in the 3rd precinct. Before that Jimmy was with the NYPD for 13 years.