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

 

Nazi U-boats patrolled the North Atlantic Ocean in World War II. John Pavolovich was with the Merchant Marines as they ferried ships from Baltimore to Liverpool. Some may remember John, who later owned restaurants on the island, including the Executive on Mineola Boulevard. During his long career—he is 93—he met a young senator named John F. Kennedy and later Harry Truman. John now lives quietly on Dow Avenue.

 

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Joe McCarthy died two weeks ago at the age of 98. He and I played baseball together and went to the pool at the same time. Joe lived on Latham Road with his daughter, Pat Moyett. Pat is a lay reader at Corpus Christi Church.

 

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Jim Lysaght of Albertson Place was with the Port Authority and worked on the air train to Kennedy.

 

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Ron and Janet Baker of Raff Avenue have lived here for 48 years. Ron was a computer engineer and born in Mineola.

 

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John and Maria DePalma live in Williston Park. She is a teacher and he an electrician.

 

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John Passarella and Maryann live on Liberty Avenue. John is a retired mailman.

 

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Jorge Coejho is the bartender at La Marmite. He used to live on Jerome Avenue with his wife Joanne.

 

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Ken and Robin Ford dined at the Davenport. Ken and his brother Steve own Willis Hobbies. Speaking of the Davenport, Lino Ferreira now has his sister, Maria, working there.

 

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Maryann and Bruce Burns like the Davenport and often dine there. Owner Dennis tells me the Davenport lost a lot of business due to the rough weather. All restaurants tell me the same story.

 

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Bob Cathy and Jacklyn live of Liberty Avenue. Bob is a retired Long Island Rail Road worker and was honest and refused to get mixed up in the fake disability scam. The doctors involved are serving eight years in prison plus the loss of licenses.

 

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The first Korean church of NY has joined the others on Willis Avenue, like Corpus Christi, the Lutheran Church, the Grace Church, The Church of the Latter Day Saints, and Temple Sholom Chabot. The only house of worship not on “the street of churches” is the Presbyterian Church at First and Main Streets.

 

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Bill and Diane Cassidy are active in Corpus Christi Church. Bill gives us those great religious calendars. Cassidy’s is on the fourth generation of funeral directors.

 

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Augie and Joanne Locarazza live on Emory Road. He is in the insurance business.

 

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Joe and Maria Faria live on Penn Avenue and he is retired from Winthrop Hospital.

 

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Mary Gorry has been a Mineola letter carrier for 25 years and is a long-suffering Mets season ticket holder. She notes that the Yanks are paying the Japanese ace Tanaka a salary equal to the entire payroll of the Mets.

 

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Tom Doherty does a great job as the maintenance man for the Knights building on Jericho Turnpike. He and Vilma live on Andrews Road. Tim is a 50-year resident of Mineola.

 

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Lots of talk about Arizona lately.

Its name in Spanish means “arid zone.” They took that name from the Indians who called it “the land without water.”