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Around The Town With Lou

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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Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints, the Morman Church which opened at the corner of Second Street and Willis Avenue is the fifth house of worship on this street. The Catholic Church is here, the Lutheran, Temple Sholam Chabot and The Grace Church. We can see why Willis Avenue is called “The Street of Churches.”

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Corpus Christi’s choir gives us wonderful music every Sunday. It is composed of Greg Tranchina, Pat Tobin, Tom Murphy, Sindy Schmitt, Christina Nunez, Dolores Mangold, Janet Langer, Irene Demedeiros, Michael Vezzi, Mario Valdellon, Tom Schmitt, William Boerner, Leanne Thompson, Adriara Mello, Lisa Madsen, Maria Des Santos, Janet Bromfield, Katherine Brautigam, Marta Bertoni and the leader Franni Luisi. Conducted by Troy Gordon, they do a fine job.

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Mike Egan and his son Jason are visiting from Australia. Mike is the son of Larry and Luba Egan and brother to Larry Egan, Jr. He is an attorney and he and his wife Marie live in Mineola.

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Nick Martine, Nick Jr., Melissa Martine and Mike McGowen dined at the Davenport.

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Former Mayor Ed Smith and wife Evelyne are both home in Connecticut. Both have spent recent weeks in the hospital. Still hoping to visit Mineola in the near future.

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Marge Wood of Mineola is a good customer of Franwin Pharmacy. She and Joe live on Jackson Avenue.

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Maria, Americo and Michael Cunha of Westbury Avenue are good parishioners of Corpus Christi Church.

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Karen and Bill Wiley live in Williston Park and own a company called “Word Power.” They buy wine from Park Wines and Liquors.

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Former Mayor Bob Hinck, wife Pat and Carl Marchese enjoyed Christmas eve dinner at Cugini’s.

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Former Mineola parking enforcer Frank Syracuse is now a doorman at the Windsor in Garden City.

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Kudos for Channel 11 as again this year they brought us five hours of the Christmas Carols and the Yule Log on Christmas morning without any commercials.

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Patty Liguori works for KTR Lighting Co. She and her husband live on Florence Road and she used to work for Creative Lighting. KTR is located at 35 E. Jericho Turnpike, the building that formerly housed the Mineola American before Grace and I sold the paper to Karl Anton.

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Mike Balboni formerly of Shortridge Drive and now of East Williston, is a managing partner with Redland Consulting Agency specializing in homeland security. Mike s a former state senator and NY State deputy secretary for public safety.

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Jay Leno read a menu for a Chinese restaurant that listed their “peeking duck.” I guess it looks back at you and their “one ton” soup. Man, that’s a lot of soup.

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


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