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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 have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, had a meeting with President Barack Obama recently. Annmarie was chosen because she is part of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious which represents 85 percent of American nuns. President Obama spoke of his admiration for the nuns because of their efforts on behalf of the poor and the forgotten and their support of human rights. Annmarie described the meeting as very upbeat. Republican or Democrat, it’s always an honor to meet with the leader of our great country.

 

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Dolores Mangold looks really fine after suffering a broken hip. She was born in Mineola 76 years ago and lives on Wardwell Rd. She is a member of the Corpus Christi choir.

 

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Jeff and Lisa Schreko have lived on Cleveland Avenue for the past 20 years. He is involved in heating and air conditioning.

 

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Rosemary and Joe Skronski live on Beebe Road. He is a retired NYPD detective and Rosemary is a teacher at St. Ann’s in Garden City.

 

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Wade Jacobs of Croyden Road works for a local florist. He is a 55-year resident of the village.

 

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Lino Ferrera tells me that the Davenport served almost 600 dinners on Easter. Lino’s daughter, Stephanie, is now a waitress at the restaurant.

 

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Phil and Elice Palese reside in East Williston. He is the administrator of the Flushing Hospital.

 

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Edna Kenoski and her daughter, Maria, were at King Kullen. Maria works for the phone company. Edna lives on Fairfield Avenue.

 

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Senator Jack Martins enjoyed lunch at the Churrasqueira. That’s the wonderful place owned by Manny Carvalho.

 

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John Pavlovich of Dow Avenue speaks four languages – English, Slavic, Polish and Spanish. He was born in Croatia near the Adriatic Sea. He came here as a youth and served in the Merchant Marine ferrying ships across the Atlantic in WWII from our east coast to Liverpool. He is

a collector of fine paintings and is a pretty good painter himself. John is almost 93 and can still walk without a cane.

 

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In Europe 500 years ago, serfs worked on large villas. These people, almost slaves, had nothing and frequently stole things. As they worked on villas, the word evolved to our word “villain” in case you were wondering.

 

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Julio and Martiza Cobis live on Burkhard Avenue. Julio used to work at the Estoril Granada on Mineola Boulevard. He now is with the Friar’s Club in the city.

 

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Barbara and Michael Greico of Columbus Parkway say they love the village and that’s why they have been here for 43 years.

 

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Joe and Marge Wood live on Jackson Avenue and are long-time parishioners of Corpus Christi Church. Marge is an EMT.

 

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Eileen and Tony Calamia live on Arlington Street. He works for a Frigidaire repair company.

 

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Brandi Esposito and her daughter, Sophie, were at King Kullen. Brandi is a grad of Mineola High School.

 

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Also at King Kullen I met Maria and Chris Sia of McClellan Avenue and Rhonda Zalayet who, along with her late husband Elliot, owned the store called Zalytron next to Mineola Bike.