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Around the Town with Lou: February 7, 2012

Giants – Patriots Super Bowl was a winner with a huge crowd attending the annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes donated by iHOP and the sausages by Churrasqueira Bairrada owned by Manny Carvalho. Orange juice, sausages, eggs and coffee were served. Paul May, the co-chair, said it was an “all you can eat” breakfast.

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At long last the diner on Herricks Road has opened. This is the site of the old Sparta Diner. The new place, called The Park City Diner, opened with a bang; enjoying breakfast were Tom and Christina Martins, Sean and Ryan Burke, Helen Culleny and Paula Calao and, at another time, Christina Barcos. She is the lay reader at Corpus Christi Church. Christina is the lady with the accent of East London. She and her husband Claude live on Emory Road. In the evening we met Larry and Sarah Cascio. The diner was closed for more than four years. Breakfast and lunch were always busy at the old Sparta. But dinner was very slow but since then, we have a popular new Portuguese restaurant nearby and lots of new offices in the area. Dinner business has been good so far, along with breakfast and lunch. Park City has 45 parking places and with parking allowed on the side streets, it shouldn’t be a problem.

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June and Ken Briglia and Maureen and Dick Kearns, all of Mineola, had a fine dinner at La Marmite.

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The local St. Patrick’s Parade will for the first time be held in Mineola. It has always been staged in Garden City. The Grand Marshal will be the popular Betty McLaughlin, president of the Irish-American Society, the sponsors of the parade, which will be held March 4. Betty was born in County Mayo and joined the Irish-American Society 29 years ago. She calls the Society her home away from home. She has three children and six grandchildren and still grieves for her late husband. Betty likes Irish music and dancing. She is the lady that always comes to the Mineola Chamber of Commerce with her friend, John Carroll.

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Want to see a great movie? Catch The Descendants with George Clooney. This film is really great with love, betrayal, redemption and conflict being a potent mix.

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Sorry about the death of Ed Hanlon, a longtime usher at Corpus Christi Church. He really never got over the loss of his wife of many years, Mattie. He fought in WWII and was a past commander of the VFW.

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Jay Leno found a grocery sign meant to advertise “big eggs.” It came out “pig eggs” – whatever they are!

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The Nassau County Museum has a great display of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. His paintings concentrate on Egypt and North Africa and Eastern Europe. Well worth the trip to Roslyn.

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Dottie and Rachel Easton, Gaby Gonzalez and Karl Gustafson had dinner at Panera Bread.

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Mary Matson does her banking at the Bank of America. She lives in the village and is active in the local Presbyterian Church. She works for Anton Newspapers in our Circulation Department.

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“Dust Up” - the first use of this expression I could find was in an 1894 ball game when the third baseman of the N.Y. Mutuals (later the Giants) got in a fist fight with the runner of the Cleveland Spiders. Their battle stirred up a lot of dust. Today a “dust up” has come to mean any dispute of any kind.

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Blue Bloods, a great police story, is just about the best program on the air. Speaking of cops, it’s always good to see Third Precinct Officer Sean Coffee keeping Mineola and the Willistons safe.

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Sacramento is the final stop for the exhibit, The History of America’s Nuns. Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, is there now. The exhibit has been seen by more than a million people. Annmarie and six other sisters made it all come true.