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Around the Town with Lou - November 6, 2009

Miserable weather and a sagging economy did not keep people away from the Chamber of Commerce’s “Taste of Mineola” with 225 coming. Many of our best restaurants participated, like Churrasquiera and Eleanor Rigby’s. We had a chance to talk to Pat Lackner, Vivian Yuan, Lou Santosus, Matt Smith, Paul Cusato, Linda Sekula, Margie Avitabile, Eleanore Sikorski, Sam Kille, Bill Gresalfi, Marty Dawber, Steve Stolarik, Peter Fagiolia, Gary Mazur, Joe Holochek, Jeff Mota, Charlie Altard, Peggy Ford, John and Carolina Macedo, Lisa Ford, Maura Clancy, East Williston Mayor Nancy Zolezzi, Carole Muldoon, Williston Mayor Lud Odierna, Richard Reers, Ed Paley and his son Justin, Charles Sleefe, the library director, Stephanie Ford, Gabe Parajos, Joe Mistrella, Dave Paganini, Jo Noto, Theresa and Bruce Hafner and Laura Sikorski, mother of Chamber President Ray Sikorski, Karen Wiley, Patty Kane and Joe Zolezzi. A fashion show was also included in the fun evening with a group of little girls, some as young as 2, stealing the show. There was also a fine women’s show and a men’s show. Our own editor Joe Rizza, was one of the male models - good job Joe. The evening was emceed by Jackie Lucas of Channel 12.

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Mike and Chris Taylor of Saratoga visited Gavin and Irene Duffy of Beebe Road. The Taylors used to live here.

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Msgr. Robert Coyle, pastor of Corpus Christi, devoted his homily to St. Damien, the Belgian priest who devoted his life to the leper colony, eventually dying from that disease.

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Joe Skowronski of Mineola retired from law enforcement four years ago. He spent 33 years working in the 3rd and 6th precincts mostly in narcotics and stolen art. He moved up through the ranks eventually becoming a detective. He and his wife Rosemary have lived on Beebe Road for 38 years. Their two daughters Christina and Diane are both married with children of their own.

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A small farewell dinner for former Corpus Christi pastor James Bowman was given by Marge Irace, Fran Dempsey, Maryann Cantileno and Marguerite O’Callaghan at Carmello’s in Carle Place.

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Mayor Jack Martin’s new policy on speaking at village board meetings seems like a good idea. It keeps the session on TV and gives those unable to attend a view of what was said. He has restricted the speakers to those who want to talk about Mineola. In the past, speakers have talked about many things not related to the village. Martins said, “We are here to talk about Mineola.” The mayor was also concerned about personal attacks against private citizens which could lead to lawsuits for libel and slander. Speakers must submit their names and subject prior to the meeting.

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Maryann O’Brien was going into the library. She was everybody’s favorite mail person during her career at the PO. She and her husband Tom, a retired social worker, live on Foch Blvd.

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Those broken and cracked slates on the walkways in Memorial Park are getting worse all the time. Some are raised as much as 6 inches. Be careful when walking.

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Dan O’Hara was at his sister’s Whistle Stop. He often is quoted in Newsday’s rant column on the sports page. What a success story the Whistle Stop is. In spite of the economy Mary Ann Fearon is selling lots of papers, lots of 50 percent-off cards and she has sold so many Christmas items that she has had to reorder. Now she has Lotto, which will further increase store traffic.

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Mineola’s favorite painter Dennis Walsh was enjoying lunch at the new Thai Restaurant in Williston Park.

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Pete Vassilliades has owned his barbershop for 35 years when he purchased it from “Patsy” and changed its name to Pete’s. At one time Bill Asher was a customer, the son of Mineola’s first mayor, Harry Asher. Pete and his wife live on Foch Blvd.

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Ross and Pat D’Allura are very proud of their grandchildren; one is a budding poet. They live on Bauer Place.

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Frank Fabrico of Holly Avenue is a local realtor. He and his wife Annette have lived here for 29 years.

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Before the election when I road through Roslyn, a heavily Democratic village, all the signs were for their parties’ candidates. When I go through places like East Williston, a solid Republican village, all the signs were supporting their candidates. Does that make sense? Talk about preaching to the choir.