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Around the Town with Lou - February 26, 2010

Teddy Roosevelt greeted everybody who came to the Superbowl Breakfast of the County Seat Kiwanis Club. James Foot does a good job portraying our 26th president. Among those we met at the breakfast were Paul and Peggy May, Ed Schutz, Lois Hanson, Harry Peters, Diandrn Murga, Helene and Joel Harris, Town Clerk Leslie Gross, Luisa Filipe, the Kiwanis President, Dr. Ann and Rich Forte, Amelia Puro, Ed and Geraldine Solosky, Sal Cataldo, Joe DiGiorgio, Pete Owens, Ed Hajduk, Tom and Madeline Phelan, Rich and Joanne Ueland, Tom and Lillian Rumore, Dominick and Carolina De Oliveira, Antonio and Gloria Martins, Antonio Martins, Dr. Frank Johnson, Lou and Pat Santosus, Manny Grilo and his mother Maria, Joyce Gorycki, Gabe Parajos, Don Hammond, John and Jackie Carway, Joe and Kimberly Corcoran Galante, Dolores Mangold, Maddy Maffetore, Walter and Joan Hobbs, Charles Berman, the Receiver of Taxes, Margaret Fleming, Mayor Lud and Ursula Odierna, Mildred Clinton and Ed Curran. Money raised sends kids to summer camp.

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That beautiful lady who will be the Grand Marshal of the local St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 7 is May O’Boyle-Deegan. May was president of the Irish American Society in 2008-09 and has been a member for 14 years, and has served on the board of directors and has been the society’s bookkeeper. May was born in the U.S., but her family comes from Donegal and she visits the family home there annually. She has a business, Feis Head, selling Irish hairpieces and accessories. She is a member of the Leisure Club. She and her husband Tom, a plumbing and heating contractor, live in Garden City Park.

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I was sorry to hear of the death of Mathilda Hanlon. Her husband Ed is a longtime friend and usher at Corpus Christi Church. They were married 66 years.

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Judith and John Kennedy of Clinton Avenue had dinner at that popular Italian Restaurant Papa Joe’s next to the Herricks movie. John worked for Con Ed before his retirement and Judith was with JP Morgan-Chase. They have lived in Mineola for 26 years.

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Speaking of Papa Joe’s, they have a picture of Grace and me posted near the front door. We hope that does not have a negative effect on their business.

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I know President Obama has to eliminate non-essential spending and NASA will be cut. I was looking forward to another moon landing and the further exploration of Mars. They know that Mars once had water but is now completely dry. Water means that life could have once existed there. The answers to these mysteries will have to wait awhile.

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What a great job Lino, the landscaper, does with snow removal. After the huge blizzard of Feb. 10, he came at about 1 a.m. and without using his snow blowers, since he didn’t want to wake us up, did the whole job by hand.

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Speaking of that blizzard, Anton Community Newspapers did not open. It was the first time in the 18 years I have worked there that they officially closed. Grace and I owned the MA for 40 years, having started it from scratch. We sold it to Anton in 1992.

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Many linguists hate this trend to turn verbs into nouns. Instead of saying, “I hope to stand on the podium to get a medal” some now say “I hope to Podium” or I hope to medal. Some mountain climbers say, “I hope to summit.” The Olympic games, of course, brought all this out.

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Jimmy, who used to own the Jericho Diner, will be the new owner of the diner being renovated on Herricks Road, the site of the old Sparta.

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Mary Ann Fearon has the three candidates as customers at her store, the Whistle Stop. Williston Park, unlike Mineola, has a three-way contest for mayor. The incumbent is Lud Odierna and he is opposed by Rich Reardon and Paul Ehrbar, whose wife, Doreen, used to be mayor.

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Rats have been a problem since the Middle Ages. Homeowners used to employ terrier dogs to locate the pests. When the dog would do a lot of barking or growling, it means that he smelt a rat. Hence, today, anyone who is suspicious of something can say, “I smell a rat.”

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In the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games, I thought the recognition given to the Indian Tribes of Canada was terrific. The dancing and singing of the Canadian Indians stole the show.