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Around the Town with Lou - April 15, 2011

Sun and fun await you June 18 as our beautiful pool opens. All 25 lifeguards are in place. The other 18 staff positions have been filled for the gate personnel, the maintenance group and the locker room people and for the women’s and men’s quarters. Nine people are now taking the SWI course (water safety instruction). The diving board is fine and the slide is ready to go. The problem with the overheated pumps is still being worked on. We need to repair the emergency gate. Vandals can squeeze in there at night. The exterminator needs to come weekly because of the influx of bees. Some of the lounge chairs need to be repaired. Too many people are coming in via the pump house. This gate is only supposed to be used by the handicapped. A better system is needed like having an “H” stamped on the leisure pass. The staff at the pool numbers 43. These days there is no problem filling the positions. Seventy applied for the 18 staff jobs. A maximum of 411 people can be in the water at one time. Kyle Teemsma is the pool manager. The six members of the pool board are Jay Monaco, the chairman, Richard Maher, Jeff Clark, Pat Strauss, Maryann Langone, and me. Our swim team plans several matches with the Stewart Manor team. Where else can you have all this fun for just the price of $5 for a leisure pass?

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I have been reading The New York Times every day free on their website. The Times is now charging $15 a month to read it digitally. I took their offer. That comes to $180 a year to read the best paper in America. If you bought the print edition everyday it would cost $600.

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Peggy May and Judi Roche lunched at Cugini’s. Both are aides to Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. Peggy and her husband, Paul, live on Linden Boulevard. Judi lived in Mineola for 23 years before moving to Hicksville.

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John McColgon is a civil engineer who lives on Sheridan Boulevard and attends Corpus Christi Church.

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Ken and Robin Ford dined at the Davenport. Ken and his brother, Steve, own Willis Hobbies.

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Alan Reardon and his wife Mary have lived in Williston Park for 39 years. He was formerly a village trustee and is now a judge.

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At Vicki Mussa’s wake we met Gavin and Irene Duffy, Ken and Jeri Aiello, Larry and Sarah Casci, Jean Baker, Debbie and Nugent Cantileno, Maryann and Nugent Sr., Larry Dolce and Lisa Lao.

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Always good to see longtime Mineola chiropractor, Josephine LaMonica, around town.

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Maryknoll Sister Josephine spoke at Corpus Christi Church telling of her work in Chile and in Defore in Sudan, Africa. She spoke to us about the four church women, three nuns and a lay worker, who were raped and murdered in El Salvadore about the same time that Bishop Romero was killed while saying Mass. They were killed by death squads as they fought for human rights.

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Howard and Marge Hill were at the Williston Town House. Howard is retired after 43 years with UPS. They live on Roosevelt Avenue.

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Manny Carvahlo, owner of Churrasqueira, Bairrada has opened a retail store on East Second Street not far from Anton’s newspaper office.

Polemini Construction is planning to build an affordable senior citizen housing west of Roslyn Road. There are also plans to build a 25-unit complex on Searing Avenue.

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Bob Von Elm, the owner of KJ. Kenny Electric was in the office. He is a long time member of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce.

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Jane Gundel is a customer of Mary Ann Fearon’s Whistle Stop. She was a secretary at Mineola High for over 20 years.

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Our County Executive Edward Mangano will be the speaker at the Mineola Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday, April 26, at Piccola Bussola. The public is invited.

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If I’m wrong I will “eat my hat.” That old expression is not talking about a felt hat or a cap, but refers to a “Hattie,” a dish popular in England in 1830. It consisted of pork, eggs, dates, saffron and lots of salt. It took a strong stomach to eat it.