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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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