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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

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