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Around The Town With Lou: December 7, 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 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Local business wins battle. Twenty-three years ago Bed Quarters opened their mattress business on Jericho Turnpike. They built a good little business with personal service and friendly people. Then a huge Sleepy’s opened up right across the street. Sleepy’s had a huge parking area in a shopping center backed by a big ad campaign with TV, radio and print in papers like The New York Times and Newsday. Everybody figured that’s the end for Bed Quarters, but the Sleepy’s has given up the fight and closed their store while Bed Quarters is still here. Nov. 24 was “Support Local Business Day.” Forget the shopping centers and big box stores. Keep money right here at home. The success of Bed Quarters is a case in point. Jim and Bill Canell own the store. Jim lives on Elderberry Road and Bill on Linden Road. Their dad, Greg, is a professor of business at Adelphi. The sons are big hockey fans of the Islanders.

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Remember Cinelli’s Italian restaurant on Hillside Avenue? They had great pizzas. John and Indina Cassisi who owned that place dined at the Davenport. They still have a restaurant with the same name in Franklin Square. John is also a lawyer.

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Dick and Joanne Ueland were also having dinner at another table at the Davenport.

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Corpus Christi Pastor Msgr. Robert Coyle devoted his homily to a tribute to Vets on Veterans Day. He himself spent 28 years in the Navy as a chaplain. He also mentioned that his parents were celebrating their 51st.

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With no local hockey I actually watched a game between two Russian teams playing in St. Petersburg. Their game is much less exciting than ours. The rink is 15 feet wider so that there is less body contact and there is little checking. Our hockey is far superior.

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Vincent and Kathleen Stempel lunched at Manny Carvalho’s wonderful Portuguese restaurant, Bairraida. He is a divorce attorney.

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Third precinct detective Ray Cote helped in the arrest of a robbery suspect in New Hyde Park.

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Sal Massa now works at CVS. This summer he worked at the Mineola pool.

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You can’t beat Café Sport at Hillside Avenue and Foch Boulevard for their tender juicy filet mignon for only $23.

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Florence Lee of Mineola used to be on the staff of Bishop Fulton Sheen.

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Deacon Brian Mannix, a longtime Islander season ticket holder, says he will not be traveling to Brooklyn’s Berkley Center.

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Our daughter, Sister Ann Marie, visits about 60 different cities in U.S. over the years and always flies Southwest Airlines – lowest fares, friendly people, no extra charge for baggage and they even give you a snack. Forget Delta and United.

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Lisa Adamo is a volunteer at NSLIJ. She also is a Eucharistic minister at St. Aidan’s.

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Senator Jack Martins spoke for an hour at the last meeting of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce. He was peppered with questions and President Bill Greene had to finally break in and give Jack a chance to go to his next meeting.

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Jay Leno saw this used car ad: “Guaranteed for 12 months or 12 miles. Wow, 12 whole miles!

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

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