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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, an Adelphi graduate, 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.

 

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The downtown street fair of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce was a huge success. “This was our best event with thousands coming,” said President Bill Greene. Among those we met were Mayor Scott Strauss, Trustee Dennis Walsh, Colleen Smith, Danielle Scarpinato, Shawn Dieterich, Marty and Paul Becker, Senator Jack Martins, Joe and Bridie Kirby, Charlie and Sally Patterson, Kim Barnett and her sons Michael and Danny, Kathy Ciarkio, Bachir Al-Okla, with Noova, Nada and Nadeem, Bill Bradey, Raquel Olivivara, Mart Vacchiano, Chrissy Becker, Cathy Whitley, Juliana Lupo, Joanna Pedretti, Cara and Jolie Tichert, Linda Stewart, Ed Hajduk, Ryan Schuelerdonald and Kathleen Kerzner, Charlotte and Frank Zuniga, Butch Scorge, Mary Matson, Linda Doerrbecker, Steven Frankel, Gretchen Kretkowski Rieger, Meagan and Caifin Parker, Tom and Maryanne Warnecke and granddaughter Grace, Roseann and John Peritore, Gregory Gangemi, Richard Kennedy, John Rudinski, Michael Lincoln, Harry Palms and Angelo Ferrara and wife Pat. He is a town councilman.

 

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Sheila Rettaliata did a great job planning the entertainment at the fair. She lives on Jay Court.

 

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Madeline Farley, the commissioner of consumer affairs, will be the speaker at the next chamber meeting. Her topic will be “scams and shams.”

 

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That property on Searing Avenue, where the Catholic School was located, will be sold or leased by Corpus Christi. The older part of the building will be retained for religious education. Also, the land by the convent will be sold. This will help with the church’s heavy expenses.

 

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Anne and Tom Butler live on Jackson Avenue. He works for the Port Authority.

 

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Always good to see Third Precinct cop Rob Connelly and wife Diane along with daughters Megan and Melissa.

 

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Past Grand Knight Teddy Lyons was dining at Eleanor Rigby’s. 

 

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Bishop James Coyle met our daughter, Sister Annmarie, in Washington, D.C.

 

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Always great to meet that fine young lady, Kathleen Boland, at Corpus Christi Church.

 

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Michael Vezzi of Clinton Avenue is a new lay reader at that church and does an inspiring job.

 

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Anthony Clark who is writing a book on presidential libraries is the son of the late Tom Clark, who owned Rainbow Pest Control and was active around the village.


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