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Around The Town With Lou: November 16, 2012

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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President Obama has been re-elected and I hope everybody, Republicans and Democrats, will support him in the struggles ahead. I also congratulate our two Mineola officeholders, State Senator Jack Martins and from Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. I get a kick out of many people running for offices that say, “I’m not a politician, but my opponent, he is, or my opponent, she favors special interest but I don’t.” I guess the worst thing you can be is a politician.

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Marie and George Toscano are both pharmacists. They have lived on Lincoln Avenue for the past 26 years.

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Jim Agnew and daughter are both parishioners of Corpus Christi. Jim is a longtime usher.

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Marge Hill likes to eat at Cugini’s.

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A while back, our daughter, Sister Annmarie was visiting the Thousand Islands when she met James and Louise and daughter, Theresa Powers, of Mineola. Another daughter, Maggie, works at the Cuttin’ Club.

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During the storms, the supermarkets ran out of milk and bread, but Kucks Deli, thanks to Sandy and Joe, had what we needed. When I ran out of coffee, Larry from Eleanor Rigby’s gave me some of his. What a great guy. Larry is always ready to help.

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Grace and I are lucky in having some terrific neighbors like Gavin and Irene Duffy and Sean and Donna Burke.

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Marge Wood of Garfield Avenue likes to shop at Waldbaum’s.

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During the hurricane and the nor’easter, our Third Precinct cops did a good job in Williston Park and East Williston where there was no power. Guys like Mike Komarnicki, Sean Coffee, Mark Kellerman, Charlie Sellin, Rob Connolly, Jim Doughterty and Nick Mosesso.

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Former cop Tom Rudolph and wife Dorothy live on Marcellus Road. Their daughter, Sarah, goes to Sacred Heart and their son, Matt, goes to Catholic University in Washington. Tom is now in the recycling business.

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The collection taken up at Corpus Christi for hurricane relief was overwhelming. Everybody wanted to help.

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Neil Pilota and mom both worked on the polls at our district. Both live on White Road.

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Nick Buttino is a fine fisherman and shared his catch with us, giving us some fluke.

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Louise Francis and Artie McDonald had dinner at Rigby’s. She works at Abilities! in Albertson and he has a small casino out east.

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Andrea Vieira and her husband, Fouad Houharb, live on Jackson Avenue. He is a doctor and she a nurse. They have two children, Youseef, 3, and Boutros, 2.

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Bob and Pat Hinck like to shop at CVS.

News

Humbled and grateful is what Sgt. Carl Duda felt after “A Tribute to the American Spirit” on Sunday, April 13 at Chaminade High School in Mineola. The concert honored him, along with two other disabled veterans, playing patriotic classics dedicated to those who fought for the United States military. 

 

“I got the tank chair,” he said. “Each tread is about eight inches wider than a track chair. It has headlights on it. It’s just amazing. It dwarfs the first model. It does everything for me except cast a reel. I love to go fishing.”

 

The concert collected $20,000 for the Independence Fund, which raises money to purchase hi-tech wheelchairs for disabled veterans. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who brought the fund into the national spotlight after The O’Reilly Factor ran a story with a war veteran, co-sponsored the event.

Night On The Town has been a fixture in Mineola, honoring community pillars and charities with a evening of great food and fun. This year, event reps have a new goal in mind for the May 7 event at Jericho Terrace: 1,000 attendees and $100,000 raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the night’s yearly beneficiary. The event raised $72,500 last year.

 

“If you want to buy a ticket or write a check, you don’t make it out to no one else other than the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said event coordinator and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano. “All of the money goes straight to them.”


Sports

Mineola FC Clips Red Wings

Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy’s defending held the Smithtown Red Wings in check the entire game as the BU10 Mineola FC team advanced to the Long Island Cup quarterfinal round with a 2-0 victory on Saturday, April 12. Liam Russelman scored first for

Mineola, taking a ball from the left sideline and cutting in along the top of the Smithtown box, where he launched a shot into the left corner of the RedWings goal.

 

The 1-0 lead lasted for most of the game, until Liam Going sidestepped three Red Wings defenders, drove to the net and slid a hard shot into the back of the net. Mineola improved to 4-0 in all competitions with the win.

Jimmy Regan was a perfect man in that he put others before himself and made sacrifices—both for his country and in ultimately his life as an Army Ranger. Chaminade High School lacrosse star Jack Brennan, who grew up knowing Regan and who now plays for his alma mater, would be the first to admit that he is not a perfect man, but did put on a perfect performance this past Saturday night on the lacrosse field, scoring a hat trick in a 10-5 win against the Manhasset Indians and giving the Flyers the overall edge 4-3 in the annual charity game held in Regan’s name.

 

“I didn’t really do much, it was just a lot of feeds on the crease and I just finished and I got lucky,” Brennan said of his on-field performance, especially considering the significant amount of playing time as a junior on the team.


Calendar

Cabaret Night - April 25

Buffet Dinner - April 25

Baseball Fundraiser - April 29 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com