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Around the Town with Lou - March 12, 2010

Drummers of the world unite! Bill Boerner of Mineola was inducted into the “Drummers Hall of Fame.” He is a lector and sings in the choirs of both Corpus Christi and St. Aidan’s churches. Bill is in his 80s and has been performing in different capacities for 74 years. He has drummed with a number of different American Legion Posts. Bill has been the percussion instructor for eight junior corps and three senior corps, including the New York Skyliners where he served two terms as the Corps director. He is a member of the All American Judges Association in drumming and was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 1996. Bill is interested in spreading the knowledge of America’s great musical heritage. If you are interested, call Bill. He lives on Columbus Parkway.

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Carlos Moura is a busy guy, as he works at Island  Furniture on Hillside Avenue and also works at a pizza restaurant. He and his wife Lucianne live on Harrison Avenue.

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Msgr. Edward Tarrant of Corpus Christi talking about self-sacrifice used the example of the four chaplains on the troop carrier Dorchester. When the ship was hit by a Nazi sub, the four gave up their life preservers to four others and stood together praying as the ship went down. Two of the chaplains were Catholic, one Jewish and one Protestant.

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Elise and Tony Sainato of Mineola enjoyed dinner at La Gondola Restaurant. Elise works in our business department at Anton.

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Manny Martin, his sister Alice and his mother Alice lunched at the Williston Town House. He works for National Grid and his wife Laurie works for the Pet Pantry in Roslyn. They live on Bauer Place. Also there was our younger son, Tom and his wife, Debbie. Tom is the controller of the Mellon Foundation.

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John and Judith Kennedy are fans of Papa Joe’s in New Hyde Park next to the Herricks Movie. The couple live in Mineola and John is a pretty fair poet.

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What a great display of Irish gifts and memorabilia in the window of Mary Ann Fearon’s Whistle Stop

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What a tough job these fellows do with their coffee wagons, which they park in front of places which have little access to nearby stores. They start working at 3 a.m., cooking and preparing their wares, which include sausages,  bacon, sandwiches, rolls, muffins, newspapers, milk, cream, orange juice, and, of course, coffee and tea. They are out there in the snow and the rain and they finish at 3 p.m.; some 12 hours of work.

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Grace and I visited that new Fresh Way Market in the East End. I’m glad to report that they are very busy. A suggestion – put up the list of items at both ends of the aisles. Both King Kullen and Waldbaum’s offer this convenience.

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Dan O’Hara is that man who so often writes the “Rant” paragraph on Newsday’s sport page. He has worked for Verizon for 31 years. Dan lives on Pembrook Drive in Williston Park.

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Marian Feeney is a customer of Randi Cleaners. She lives on Lincoln Avenue and is a medical secretary.

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Nick Buttino has resided on Beebe Road since 1963. He was a supervisor for First National Markets for 46 years. His wife Peggy passed away years ago. He has five children: Johnny, Louis, Nick Jr., Kathy and Mary Ann.

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The Rev. Gabriel Miah of Corpus Christi Church is home after spending six weeks in his native Ghana on the West Coast of Africa.

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Always good to run into Frank and Frannie Luisa. Frannie is our wonderful singer at Corpus Christi Church.

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In Journalism 101, the professor told us about the cub reporter who was sent to cover the wedding of a famous actress. He returned to the office and said there was no story “because the bride didn’t show.” The editor said he was probably in the wrong line of work. The real story, of course, was why the bride didn’t show. Was she kidnapped,  murdered, changed her mind or what? With all the changes in communications with the Internet, Facebook, Twitter and what-not, the basic rules of journalism still apply.

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When I hear Mayor Martins speaking, or any of the trustees, and hear their list of accomplishments and educational backgrounds, I realize the changes over the years. When we first came to the village almost 60 years ago candidates for office used to list their accomplishments. One man said he was the horseshoe champion, another fellow said he won the checker championship. Nothing wrong with that, but it had little to do with running a village.