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Around the Town with Lou - November 6, 2009

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

Miserable weather and a sagging economy did not keep people away from the Chamber of Commerce’s “Taste of Mineola” with 225 coming. Many of our best restaurants participated, like Churrasquiera and Eleanor Rigby’s. We had a chance to talk to Pat Lackner, Vivian Yuan, Lou Santosus, Matt Smith, Paul Cusato, Linda Sekula, Margie Avitabile, Eleanore Sikorski, Sam Kille, Bill Gresalfi, Marty Dawber, Steve Stolarik, Peter Fagiolia, Gary Mazur, Joe Holochek, Jeff Mota, Charlie Altard, Peggy Ford, John and Carolina Macedo, Lisa Ford, Maura Clancy, East Williston Mayor Nancy Zolezzi, Carole Muldoon, Williston Mayor Lud Odierna, Richard Reers, Ed Paley and his son Justin, Charles Sleefe, the library director, Stephanie Ford, Gabe Parajos, Joe Mistrella, Dave Paganini, Jo Noto, Theresa and Bruce Hafner and Laura Sikorski, mother of Chamber President Ray Sikorski, Karen Wiley, Patty Kane and Joe Zolezzi. A fashion show was also included in the fun evening with a group of little girls, some as young as 2, stealing the show. There was also a fine women’s show and a men’s show. Our own editor Joe Rizza, was one of the male models - good job Joe. The evening was emceed by Jackie Lucas of Channel 12.

 

From the Desk of Mineola Mayor Jack Martins - November 6, 2009

Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

Leaf Season Is Here

Leaf removal season will officially begin on Monday, Nov. 2. It is anticipated that leaf removal season will be completed by mid-December. Residents are reminded that loose leaves should be kept separate from household waste and they should be placed in plastic bags at the curb for collection. The Village of Mineola Sanitation Department will be collecting leaf bags on Mondays and on each refuse collection day. There is a 10-bag limit for each collection day.

The schedule of leaf collection by the Sanitation Department is as follows:

 

Parenting Plus - October 30, 2009

Written by Andrew Malekoff Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

Dentally Challenged

A few months ago, there was a news report about a man from upstate New York who was accused of practicing dentistry without a license. The report stated that he operated in his kitchen. In lieu of Novocain, he offered his patients wine to help them through the pain. The story brought back a flood of memories from my childhood. One was a traumatic episode that I re-live every time I sit in a dentist’s chair.

Our family dentist, a family friend, reminded me of the actor Peter Lorre. If you are too young to recall him, Peter Lorre was an Austrian-American who often played in films with Humphrey Bogart and was typecast as a creepy, sinister foreigner.

 

From Sustainable Long Island - October 30, 2009

Written by Sarah Lansdale Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

Housing Alternatives Would Benefit All

Housing on Long Island represents a microcosm of all the problems Long Island needs to address – from economic and social equity, smart growth, zoning challenges, and how to make fragmented government work better, inspire community action, and ensure that opportunity is more fairly distributed and readily accessible.

Long Island is made up of two highly distinguishable sets of communities. Among the dissimilarities, communities that have thriving, walkable downtowns with built-in economic opportunities, transportation options, financial services, medical care and pharmacies and a high quality of life, and communities that instead have vacant storefronts, safety challenges, or nothing at all; communities whose children learn and grow at highly reputable schools and those whose children attend schools that regularly receive negative media attention and require state intervention; communities with parks and beaches and communities with an overabundance of brownfields; communities with supermarkets and farmers markets and communities with nothing but junk-food delis; and communities with few housing options and communities with excessive designated affordable housing.

 

Around the Town with Lou - October 9, 2009

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

Battle flags and the Stars and Bars of the Old Confederacy were stiff in the breeze at Memorial Park at a re-enaction of the Southern Armies’ encampment sponsored by the Mineola Library. A contingent of Confederate soldiers of the 57th Virginia Infantry Company D pitched their tents. They were led by Capt. Ray Picket whose great-great grandfather led the famous charge at Gettysburg. Newspapers were on display reporting that terrible battle of July 1 to 3 in 1863. More than 58,000 men fell those three terrible days in the worst battle in our history. In fact, Gettysburg was the bloodiest engagement ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. They had copies of the NY Times reporting the news as well as Harper’s Weekly, the Southern Weekly and the Daily Citizen. The latter newspaper was printed on the back of wallpaper due to the shortage of newsprint.

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Around the Town with Lou - October 23, 2009

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. In commemoration of his 200th anniversary our library will have Harold Holzer speak on “The Journey to Emancipation” on Nov. 13. Mr. Holzer is a leading authority on our 16th president and co-chairman of the Lincoln Bi-Centennial Commission. He has written many books about Lincoln; his latest is Lincoln President-elect and the Great Succession Winter 1860-1861.

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Around the Town with Lou - October 15, 2009

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

Battle flags and the Stars and Bars of the Old Confederacy were stiff in the breeze at Memorial Park at a re-enaction of the Southern Armies’ encampment sponsored by the Mineola Library. A contingent of Confederate soldiers of the 57th Virginia Infantry Company D pitched their tents. They were led by Capt. Ray Picket whose great-great grandfather led the famous charge at Gettysburg. Newspapers were on display reporting that terrible battle of July 1 to 3 in 1863. More than 58,000 men fell those three terrible days in the worst battle in our history. In fact, Gettysburg was the bloodiest engagement ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. They had copies of the NY Times reporting the news as well as Harper’s Weekly, the Southern Weekly and the Daily Citizen. The latter newspaper was printed on the back of wallpaper due to the shortage of newsprint.

 

Letter: Do Unto Others …

Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

While usually I tend to remain hushed in silent opposition to opinion pieces with which I find disagreement, for whatever reason I felt compelled to respond to Robert McMillan’s Harsh Interrogations? in the Oct. 7, 2009 issue, which tackled the possibility of investigating the harsh interrogation tactics used by the CIA under the Bush administration, and instead proposes a different viewpoint for the reader’s consideration. From the onset it must be noted that “harsh interrogations” is simply a propaganda tool and euphemism for what can only be rationally recognized as torture. Water-boarding is not simply the simulation of drowning, it is drowning. While the act is described somewhat accurately by McMillan, the consequences are conveniently overlooked. The water poured over the person’s cloth-covered face not only radically obstructs breathing, but it initiates the panic of drowning as water enters the throat, lungs, and stomach. Oftentimes the suspect will lose consciousness only to awake, vomit and then be subjected to this technique repeatedly, again and again. It feels as though they are drowning, because they are, a little at a time. Under such tortured duress, the subject will say anything in order for the process to stop. This results in notoriously bad information and the intelligence community has known, for many years, that intelligence gathered under tortured coercion is consistently unreliable.

 

From the Desk of Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel - October 9, 2009

Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

Preparing for the Unexpected: Be Informed

In the event that a disaster strikes, being prepared for the unexpected can make a stressful situation easier to handle for you and your family. It is important to have the proper tools and plans in place today to ensure the safety of you and your family tomorrow. To help you get ready, I am launching a three-part column series about emergency preparedness titled, “Preparing for the Unexpected.”

 

From the Desk of Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt - October 9, 2009

Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

McKevitt Outraged Over Driver/Registration Fees

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt expressed outrage at the blatant money grab orchestrated by Governor David Paterson and his cohorts in the state Legislature. As part of the 2009-10 state budget, which McKevitt voted against, driver’s licenses and registration fees will increase dramatically.

Effective September 1, driver’s license and vehicle registration fees will increase 25 percent, which means an average class D driver’s license will go from $50 to $64.50 and registering an average weight vehicle will increase from $45 to $56. Adding insult to injury, effective April 1 of 2010 all registered vehicles will be required to get new license plates and renewed registrations forcing motorists to pay the new registration fee plus an increased $25 fee for the license plate, up from $15.

 

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