Anton Community Newspapers  •  132 East 2nd Street  •  Mineola, NY 11501  •  Phone: 516-747-8282  •  FAX: 516-742-5867
Attention: open in a new window. PDFPrintE-mail

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.

 

• • • •

 

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.

 

• • • •

 

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.

 

• • • •

 

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

 

• • • •

 

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.

 

• • • •

 

 

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

 

• • • •

 

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.

 

• • • •

 

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.

 

• • • •

 

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.

 

• • • •

 

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.

 

• • • •

 

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

 

• • • •

 

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

 

• • • •

 

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


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