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Around the Town with Lou: May 22, 2009

Fifty-nine years as a Roman Catholic priest has sharpened the wit and wisdom of Msgr. Edward Tarrant. His powerful voice is reflected in his great homilies. “People love to talk,” he says, “Everywhere I see people chattering away on their cell phones, driving, crossing streets and just walking down the boulevards.” “Try talking to God,” he says, “You will find the experience very, very rewarding.” His years as a teacher has taught him how to catch the imaginations of his listeners.

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Chris and Ann Gannon live on Marcellus Road. Chris, a longtime resident of Mineola, worked for Sperry’s for 40 years.

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Attending the 30th anniversary of the Ambulance Corps, we met Joe DiGiorgio and his daughter, Joanne. Joe and his late wife, Louise, founded the Corps along with Bill Morgan, who was also present. Bill’s dad was the fine photographer and magician Murray Morgan. We also encountered Florence Licurse, Michela Nardi, Manny Grilo, Sal Cataldo, Jim Kearney, Pat Tobin, Mark Hoag, Paul Cusato, Gary Smithing, Frank and Joan Nedelka, Dennis and Carol Craine, Susan Solosky, John and Diane Buckley, Marc Pollack, Melissa Thorp Pollack, Peter Thorp, Kristin Pepper, Paul Pereira, Maureen O‘Connell, Scott and Linda Fairgrieve, Tom McKevitt, Michael, Lauren and Desiree Morgan, Craig Johnson, Richard Nicolello and a spokesman for Tom DiNapoli. 

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Tony and Beverly Donnelly of Marcellus Road visited their daughter in Silver Spring, MD. They attended Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington and said, “it was magnificent.” Tony is the head usher of Corpus Christi Church.

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Tom and Dan Flynn like to visit different parishes for Sunday Mass. They were at St. Aidan’s on a recent Sunday and met Father Tom Tassone, who was formerly a deacon at Corpus Christi Church and is a retired NYC police sergeant. 

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Brian Geoghegan is staying with his aunt, Bernadette O’Brien of Horton Highway. Brian is training to be an assistant store manager.

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Ellis Island has agreed to accept the movable exhibit devoted to the story of America’s nuns. The exhibit  opened officially last Friday in Cincinnati and hosted a large crowd of dignitaries, as well as the general public. After Cincinnati, the Exhibit will travel to the Dallas Women’s Museum and hence to the Smithsonian in Washington, then to Ellis Island and finally to the Mississippi River Complex in Iowa. It will stay about four months in each location. Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, is a member of a small group who organized the displays, raised the funds and secured the locations and wrote the rich histories. Five solid years of work went into this project to tell the history of America’s Roman Catholic sisters. We have seen the preview and it is truly wonderful.

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Ron and Cathy Woyciechowski were planning to visit Mineola in June, but because of the U.S. Open at Bethpage were unable to find lodging anywhere in this area. They used to live here, but now reside in North Carolina.

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Bill Kessler is post commander of the newly organized Catholic War veterans. They will hold a dinner dance Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall. It will be $25 per person. 

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Donna and Robert Coolon live on Latham Road. She is a special ed teacher’s aide at Hampton St. School and also works for Dr. Edward Gottlieb.

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Jay Leno spotted an ad for Glazed Dognuts. You know, I think I’ll just stick to the glazed doughnuts.

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Met a lady whose name I no longer recall, but who seemed to be about 50 years old, accompanied by a fellow about 20. I said to her, “and this is your son” and she said, “No, my fiancé.” Believe me that is no way to win friends. Since then I never assume anything about relationships of parents, grandparents, sons, daughters or anything else.

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Father James Bowman, pastor of Corpus Christi Church, will have his retirement reception May 31 at Fitzgerald Hall. He has served the parish for seven years and will now be retiring to Florida.

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“Be green they say.” Use paper not plastic and yet most supermarkets have only plastic at the checkouts.

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Bharat Geraof of NHP is the new owner of the Car Wash place on Herricks Road and Jericho Turnpike.

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The Mineola Fair opened Saturday. About 10,000 persons attended this all-day action-full event with Pete Gollobin again acting as the MC.

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In the 16th century, baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.  The man of the house had the privilege of the first to use the clean water, then came all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could truly lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.” This was the way it was done in England and Ireland in those  not so great  “old days!”