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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 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

Terror is the only word to describe what happened 30 years ago at the Seacrest Diner on Glen Cove Road. Twelve armed  robbers entered the Diner and held some hundred people prisoners. It didn’t take long for the police to catch up to them. They were sentenced to 25 years. This comes to mind with the opening of the beautiful Old Westbury Diner at the same location. The handsome new place is owned by Spiro and Buffy of the Williston Town House. The Town House has about 25 parking places, the Old Westbury Diner has 200 spots. We remember the old Crossroads Diner at Jericho Turnpike and Glen Cove Road, which later became the Seacrest and is now “The Old Westbury.” 

 

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Caren Donatelli and her almost four-year-old son Joshua really enjoy the pool. Caren is the Art Department Coordinator here at Anton’s. It was good to see village trustee Paul Pereira that the facility. 

 

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Marcel and Catherine Chaillol enjoyed lunch at the Churrasqueira Portuguese Restaurant, Marcel is a past Grand Knight of the Corpus Christi Council. 

 

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Crime up, crime down, reports all over the place. But all agree that the cops in the third precinct do a great job. Guys like Ken Parker, Nick Mosesso, Rob Connolly, Charlie Sellin, Mark Kellerman, Jim Doughterty, Sean Coffee, Mike Komarnicki and the rest. Precinct Commander Sean McCarthy deserves credit.  

 

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Rick and Joanne Ueland and Tom and Katie Greeley celebrated Ricks Birthday at the Davenport. Rick use to work for the New York Times. 

 

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Marty and Paul Becker of Mineola Boulevard are active in community and church affairs. 

 

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Christina Barcos is the lay reader at Corpus Christi Church with the classy English accent. She is a big booster of the Park East Diner on Herricks Road. 

 

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The Merry Widows group of the First Methodist Church will meet Tuesday. Many new members expected. Jay Leno spotted that happy note in the church bulletin. 

 

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Russ Miller for years never went near the community pool. Then, a couple of years ago, he thought he would give a shot. Now, he goes almost daily and is one of the facility’s biggest boosters. We also met Mary Matson at the pool. The director, Dan Kopetic said that the pool is having a very busy season. The 90-degree days sure help. 

 

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Lino and Maria Ferreira are waiting for the first grandchild. Their expectant daughter Sandra and her husband Jimmy live on Harrison Avenue. 

 

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Corpus Christi Pastor Msgr. Robert Batule, back after six years, spoke of sky scrapers, joy and faith in his homily. His main point was that faith leads to joy. 

 

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Manuel and Maria Louisa Pantieja left Columbia 30 years ago and now live on Clinton Avenue. She was a teacher in Bogata, Columbia. 


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