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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, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace, a graduate of Adelphi University, have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

The good news is that Yopp’s Service Station on Mineola Boulevard, which for more than 50 years has been repairing brakes, carburetors, alternators, tires and batteries, will again have gas—that’s good news for us that have trusted and liked Fred Yopp, as we did his dad and uncle.

 

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Dr. Frank Johnson and his wife, Dr. Sarah, have been caring for people for 44 years. Frank is semi-retired, but Sarah, a pediatrician, is still holding office hours full-time. Frank and Sarah live off Herricks Road. Frank’s mother, who lived with them, passed away

recently at the age of 100.

 

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Susan and Fred Otto are busy people. Susan works as a paralegal and Fred is in charge of maintenance at the Williston Park Legion Hall.

 

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Ronnie Aveden is a newcomer. She has lived here just six years and is a retired office worker.

 

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Robert and Anne Jarvis both went to Mineola High School. In fact, he played basketball for MHS. Robert now organizes class reunions for graduates in the '50s and '60s.

 

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That new center aisle usher at Corpus Christi Church is James Petrowski and he works in Winthrop Hospital’s financial department.

 

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Kevin Boland and his daughter Sarah were at Corpus Christi Church. I was disappointed that Sarah’s twin sister, Kathleen, was not with them, since she is so much fun to talk to. Kathleen, be sure and come next time.

 

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Jay Leno says there has to be a better way of putting this, “The senior center will be holding an old bag sale.” He also noted that a butcher specializes in important hams. If you like them I guess you don’t care if they are imported or not.

 

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Dr. Peter Langan of Willis Avenue lives in Garden City, not far from MHS. He is a member of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce and the Garden City Chamber.

 

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Bob Costello of Clinton Avenue is a professor of criminal justice at Nassau Community College. His next-door neighbor is Chuck Martone. He works part-time with a bagel company and part-time in insurance.

 

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Pat and Leo Cempa live in Albertson. Pat has worked for Mr. Jay for 33 years.

 

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Andrew Reardon and his wife, Margaret, are long time residents of Mineola. Andrew is retired from Con Edison.

 

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Albert and Eleanor Conte have lived on Roslyn Road for 50 years. Albert was a construction worker.


News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


Columns

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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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