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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

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


Columns

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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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