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Around the Town with Lou - October 8, 2010

Block parties abound this time of year. A good one was held on Beebe Road from Garfield Avenue south to First Street. Among those we had a chance to talk to were Catherine, Tony, George and Marinos Pantelides, Fernando and Lauren Mora, Cathleen Lynch, Pat Yasparro, Pam Zezima, Vala Podlesak, Noah, Ben, Melanie and Sadie Lichaa, Christine Kelly, John, Dee, Connor, Danielle and Gavin McLaughlin, Denise, Jeff, Sidney and Brent Klass, Rui Manuel, Carlos and Matias, Felipe, Luis Carlos and Amelia Concalves, Karina Teixeira, Stephen Modica, Michele Zaransky and Julia and Jessica Perrino.

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I thank the Mineola Democrats for honoring me. Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, came all the way from Washington to be with Grace and me. Our oldest son Richard, the former editor of People and author of four books, and his wife Laurie, our younger son Tom, the comptroller of the Mellon Foundation, and his wife Debbie and our oldest granddaughter Tracey were present. I thank my friend John DaVanzo of almost 60 years, for coming. Senator Charles Schumer greeted us and spent time with my whole family. Conresswoman Carolyn McCarthy was also present as were most of the local Democratic candidates and office holders. About 200 people attended the affair.

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Mayor Martins speaking at the Chamber of Commerce said he would like to see a theater or a hotel built on Third Avenue at the rear of the parking area. He assured the merchants that they would not lose a single parking spot since all parking would be underground. Thinking of the mayor, I recall that he was responsible for bringing those two big structures to Old Country Road which, when built, will bring a lot of tax revenue to the village. One will be a rental unit and the other a condominium. The builder is also giving many amenities to the village and other givebacks. Jack Martins is leading the fight to lower the noise level from the Verizon installation which is in Garden City but borders our village. He is also responsible for the revitalization of Station Plaza North with its traffic island, benches and street lamps.

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Michael Vezzi’s research shows that the LIPA test of our pumps at the Mineola Pool was done improperly. This was to find out why the inrush voltage drops when pumping water into the pool. The observation should have been made over a longer period of time. He says that the problem is caused by the nearby LIPA transformer.

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Jay Leno spotted this ad: a $1 off coupon for a transmission in your car. What’s the price of a new transmission – about $1,500 and you get a dollar off? You can’t beat that deal.

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Ed Hajduk is a retired social worker and has lived in town for 21 years. Ed and his wife Sara and grandson Ryan were buying a pizza from Cugini’s.

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Lynne and Gary LaPointe are good patrons of the library. She is a retired schoolteacher and they live on Wellington Road.

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A number of people have told former Mayor John Colbert that he should get back into the “game!”

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Former Williston Mayor Lud Odierna is a good customer of the Whistle Stop.

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Pete’s Barber Shop on Willis Avenue has been sold to Cesar Saldana. He and his wife Angie live on Jackson Avenue. The shop which opened in 1923 was originally called “Patsy’s.” The new name is the Mineola Barber Shop. Pete had a slight stroke, but has fully recovered.

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The recession has not hurt Munder’s Hardware. As the only hardware store in the area they are very busy. Owner Charlie Munder comes by every now and then. The Munder’s have owned the store for more than 70 years. Charles’ two sons and grandson, plus several other fellows, are constantly on the go. An old-fashioned hardware store, they have just about everything anyone would need. The men gladly help with good advice about many products.

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All success to our Jewish friends who just finished with their high holy days. Many people flocked to Congregation Beth Shalom Chabad to receive spiritual guidance.