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Around the Town with Lou - June 19, 2009

Five priests and four deacons concelebrated the Mass proceeding the farewell party for the pastor of Corpus Christi, James Bowman. The bishop has appointed Msgr. Robert Coyle to succeed Father Bowman in September. About 400 people attended the dinner and among those we got to talk to were Diana and Bill Cassidy, Michael and Nancy DeSorbo, Joan Diedrick, Patsy Gavin, Ann Hull, Lillian Fox, Richard and Dolores Mischler, Rose Penny, Lena Fiorello, Esther Rosier, Marie Tomecek, Margaret Partheymuller, Sue and Lou Citro, Charles Vigliotti, Pat Rizzo, Maureen and Maria Kelly, Jeanne L’Ecuyer, Rosemarie Kelly, Ed Hajduk, Mathew and Peter Kelly, Lorraine Egan, Helen Melvin, Joanne Wladjka and James Petrowski.

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After dinner we met Tom Rudolph, Karen Smith, Steve and Anne Huggard, Jerry and Sylvia Fettinger, Ron and Jane Baker, Maureen Pfeifer, Jack Wynne, Ed and Gerri Solosky, Vera Barrick, Teddy Mack, Cathy Freed, Florence Lee, Sisters Peggy Murphy, Selena Wilson, Cecilia Gutmann and Therese Ezelius, Ann Thiem, Joe Pryor, Father Tomaz Gomide, Francine and Frank Luisi, Jim Agnew, Mary Goeller, Margaret Fleming, Kathleen Dyroff, Charles and Nancy Schwarz, Irene Krause, Matt Rudolph and Nugent Cantileno.

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Jeannie Caprise of Williston Park used to work at King’s Jewelers. Now she is a waitress at Papa Joe’s next to the Herricks movie.

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The poor economy has made it easier to hire the staff at the Mineola pool. Usually it’s hard to get enough lifeguards on board for opening day. This time it was easy with all 25 long in place and several turned away. Almost 100 applied for the 18 other jobs, like locker attendants, gate keepers and cleanup crews.

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Westbrook Pegler, famous columnist for the Hearst Newpapers, used to write his column six times a week. Most today write one or two times over the seven-day period.

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Bill Gully has been retired for many years but still goes fishing every chance he can. He drove a Gulf Oil truck for 32 years. He and his wife Lillian have lived on White Road for 40 years.

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Sorry to hear of the death of Bill King, a longtime neighbor who resided on Garfield Avenue. Bill was formerly the commander of the 3rd Precinct. At the time of his retirement he was the highest-ranking uniformed police officer in Nassau County.

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Nick Pontolillo of Skelly Place has worked at the library for the last five years. He also attends Molloy College where he is studying to become an English teacher.

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A couple in Mineola reports slashed tires and other acts of vandalism by unknown perpetrators. Locked gate in rear yard was forced open and damage done.

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AAMCO Transmissions has given up the plan to relocate behind Entenmann’s on Arlington St. Ken Barry will instead move to Herricks Road in Garden City Park taking the place where the welding business is at present. His location on Jericho Turnpike is to become another bank.

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Translating from Japanese to English is hard. Hotel in Toyko has a sign saying, “All the water used in this hotel has been personally passed by the owner.” By passed they mean of course approved.

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Stuart Goldstein, Lori McCarron, and Richard Ruggiero have added a fourth meter enforcer to the crew with Richard Zipocowski joining the team.

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Jay Leno came across this tasteful headline, “New Sewer Line Said to Be Causing Outbreak of Diarrhea.” This was taken from some newspaper in the Midwest. I think I will skip my planned visit.

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Bread was a big deal in England and Ireland in 1500. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top or the upper crust. Hence the old expression for the privileged, “The upper crust.”