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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

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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