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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

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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