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Around the Town with Lou - July 17, 2009

Jewel is the correct word to describe our John DaVanzo Community Pool which is often called the “Jewel in Mineola’s Crown.” A trip to the facility gave us a chance to talk to Eileen and Kimberly Calamia, Guy Penny, Kerri O’Connell, Chrissy Retta, Janet Langer, Mike and Maryann Langone, Kyle Teemsma, the pool director, Katie O’Shea and Liam Clark the supervisors, Tanya Fernandes and Yesenia Cardona the Leisure Pass people, and lifeguards Peter Abbate, John Betts, Samantha Brethel, Peter Clark, Mary Corrigan, Julianne Frey, Ryan Gallant, Eve Hochhauser, Patricia Holliday, Meghan Keane, Joseph Lawrence, Daniel LoSardo, Matthew LoSardo, Brian Murphy, Michael Padovano, Patricia Roth, Nicole Sparacino, Emily Spencer, Joseph Spollen, Daniel Stagnari, Sean Stagnari, Brittany Stefano, Matthew Vecchione and Alex Ward. We also met Lauren Massa, Christa Basel, Michael Loughlin and son Ryan, Angela Athan, Michell Martins, Kathleen Browne, Zach Chichi, Chris Brostek, Lynn Franciotti, Michael Kelly, Michelle Martins, Mark Micelli, Lauren and Maria Massa, Haylee Pace, Tim Papadogiannis, Daniella and Joseph Riccardi, Kristofer Seibt, Michael Diglio, Patrick McMahon, Carl Nunziata and Christine Retta and Eric O’Brien. The head of the pool board is Jay Monaco and the other members are Jeff Clark, Nancy Portoghese, Richard Maher, Maryann Langone and myself. The recreation director is Maria Desousa aided by Anna Athan.

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Andrew Cuomo’s attack on the villages reminds one of Don Quixote’s attack on the windmills of LaMancha. He thinks he sees waste when actually it has been shown again and again that there is no more efficient entity than the local village. Compare any village with the wasteful and incompetent government in Albany.

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Tony Donnelly, head usher of Corpus Christi Church, is often not fully appreciated. He has been an usher for more than 50 years. He was named “Irishman of the Year.” A retired bank examiner, he spends every Monday counting the collections. He is active in the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife Beverly live on Marcellus Road.

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Dr. Barry Gimbel, popular local internist, visited Boulder, Colorado, on Father’s Day for the wedding of his nephew. By the way, his great love is fly fishing. During his visit, he met a lady who was born in Nassau Hospital in Mineola many years ago.

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Kevin Fearon, son of Pete and Maryann, has gotten tickets to some 15 Mets games and is getting to know Citi Field pretty well. Kevin is not even a Mets fan; his team is the Yankees. He roots for whoever is playing against the home team. Is that fair?

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Ed Paley, the director of Youth and Family Services, his wife Anne and Don and Andrea Abrams dined at Cugini’s.

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Again, it’s hard to translate from Japanese to English. Saw a sign at a supermarket, “This market is not responsible to damage done to vehicles or negligence of this sign.” What they mean is failure to heed the signs’s message. Actually they really don’t even need that part of the sign at all.

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If you have ever read Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher which is about being buried alive, you know that horror often happened in the good old days. They would tie a string to the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (hence the graveyard shift) and listen for the bell; thus someone could be saved by the bell or was considered a … dead ringer. In those days most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good in June. However, they were starting to smell a bit, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. In those days only the wealthy had slate floors in their houses, the poor people just had dirt thus the expression “dirt poor.” These are they way things were in Europe in the 1500s. The good “old days” do not sound very good.

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Marge Irace of Horton Highway, the widow of the late Isidore, loves to shop at King Kullen and often meets many of her old friends there.