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Around the Town with Lou: March 6, 2012

Precinct closings are never a good idea. How can we discuss closing four of our eight precincts and still have the same police protection we had before? We will also have 100 less police officers. James Carver, spokesman for the PBA, says that already we have less cops than we had five years ago. Carver, speaking at a press conference here at Anton, said that when we had that hurricane there were not enough police to cover all points. One hundred cops would either accept buyouts or be dismissed. If this is being done to save money, let’s say so and not kid the public that we are getting the same level of protection. The four precincts that are being closed will be replaced by police processing centers with just two cops manning each one. These officers will be handling just paperwork, like receiving accident reports. That is not very reassuring. The administration says that technology advancements allows us to need less police. Carver says that this argument doesn’t hold up because New York City has the best technology of anyone and they are adding cops.

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Sister Therese Ezelius, O.P. celebrated her Golden Jubilee at Corpus Christi Church. She has been here 22 years and spent her first 38 years in the Brooklyn Diocese. Her dedication and faith have inspired many. Over 500 people attended the Mass honoring Sister Therese. The Mass was concelebrated with the Pastor Msgr. Robert Coyle, Rev. Gabriel Miah, and Deacons John Reinhart and Brian Mannix. Many sisters, family and friends were on hand to honor this wonderful lady.

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Msgr. Coyle, in his homily, mentioned the healing powers of Christ and spoke of the great work being done around the world to help the lepers. He talked about earlier times when lepers had to wear sheets over their heads and were hated and driven into exile.

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Good to see Mary Cal at Mass. Her late husband, Fred, was a longtime usher. Fred served with Carlson’s Marine Raiders in the Pacific in WWII.

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Bud and Jake Fichter breakfasted at IHOP. They owned Fichter’s Greenhouses on Glen Cove Road for over 50 years.

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Forty members of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce will attend the game between the Islanders and the Washington Capitals on March 13.

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Third Squad detectives are working on the graffiti vandalism that struck Mineola. Swastikas and other hate symbols were found in Memorial Park, Chaminade and on parked cars. The tag line “outlaws” frequently appeared.

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The George Washington Manor is changing its name to Hendrick’s Tavern. That was the name of the man whose home President Washington stopped at for breakfast in 1791. Washington was alone except for one aide. Today, President Obama has at least 30 Secret Service men guarding him around the clock.

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Mineola lawyer Mike Rich enjoyed dinner at the Davenport.

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Ed and Anne Paley ate at Eleanor Rigby’s. He was vice president of Mineola Youth and Family Services. He lost his job after 11 years and now works as a social studies teacher.

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Good to see former Chief of Detectives Ed Curran and Bernadette O’Brien in church a couple of weeks ago. Both had been ill.

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Sister Mary Leonora, Holy Cross, served in Bangladesh for 38 years. Twice she was forced out but went back three times. Now at 85, she is retired. She is the sister of Corpus Christi head usher Tony Donnelly.

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Jay Leno saw an ad for The Sound of Music. It came out “Sound of Mucus.” Yikes!

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Greenwich, Conn. has a few of the new Ferraris. They are selling for $1 million. I don’t expect to see too many around Mineola.

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Molly, Tom, Joe, Maca and Gabby Azzolini of Mineola and their friend Elain had dinner at Cugini’s.