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Around the Town with Lou - July 2, 2010

Luna Park and Steeplechase live again as Coney Island’s famous amusement center is reborn. A few may remember that a large racetrack existed in nearby Sheepshead Bay. In that golden age of Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell, Brooklyn had three racetracks. The other two were Brighton Beach and Graves End.

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Hanging chads in the 2000 election were indeed a nightmare. The close election in which Ed Mangano edged out Tom Suozzi showed us how vital each vote can be. The Chamber of Commerce had as their guest speaker, a commissioner of the Nassau County Board of Elections. He told us of new safeguards in leaving both a paper and electronic trail of the votes.

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Celtic Corner is a nook that Mary Ann Fearon has set aside in her Whistle Stop for everything Irish and she seems to be doing pretty well with it.

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Mary Ann’s Corner of course is nothing to be compared with Richie O’Shea’s Irish Gift Shop on Covert Avenue in Stewart Manor. Richie has just about everything from the Emerald Isle - sweaters, caps, hats, chinaware, harps, Irish art, socks, ties and foods from Donegal down to Cork, from the Aran Islands across to Waterford and Wexford.

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Bill Farrer and daughter Maria Rose, 16 and son William, 10, ate at Cugini’s. Bill is an attorney with Sullivan and Cromwell and lives in East Williston. Also there were Rick Ueland and his wife Joanne of Mineola and they were with Larry and Bobby Ueland of Williston Park. Rick used to be with The New York Times.

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Jump in: the John Davanzo Community Pool is open. I’m still on the pool board where I have been for 40 years. The other five are Jay Monaco, the chairman, Jeff Clark, Rich Maher, Maryann Langone and the newest member Patricia Strauss. Kyle Teemsma is the manager, The poor economy is expected to keep people close to home so it should be a record breaking season at the facility.

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Mayor Martins is right on top of the battle with Verizon and the Village of Garden City about their noisy and smelly plant on the corner of Old Country and Herricks Road.

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Jay Leno spotted this ad in his headlines feature. “Job opening for Men and Women only. The rest of you can keep away.”

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When Don Quixote charged the windmills of LaMancha little did he know that wind turbines would play such a big part in America’s energy plans. The BP Oil disaster has placed more emphasis on wind, solar and nuclear power.

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Larry and Luba Egan of Mineola enjoyed lunch at the Seacrest.

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It was good to see Father Gerard Gordon at Msgr. Edward Tarrant’s 60th anniversary celebration of his ordination.

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Joe and Anne Tartalia buy their Lotto tickets at the Whistle Stop. Joe worked for the Water Department for 35 years.

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Good luck to Liz and Rich Carroll on the opening of 360 Studio, on Jericho Turnpike. They have a hair stylist studio, a juice bar, handbags and jewelry and an athletic facility. A couple of hundred people attended the grand opening including Mayor Martins.

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The Mineola Chamber of Commerce now has a high of 246 members. The scholarship awards were presented to Daniel McAree from Mineola High and James Kover from Chaminade. It is planned to feature the businesses of two chamber members each month in a half page ad in the Mineola American.

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Jackie Schneider and Ursula Bordonero dined at Cugini’s.

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Barbara Hyde and her husband Richard of Williston Park like to shop at King Kullen. He is retired from the Williston Park Water Department.