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Around The Town With Lou: May 15, 2012

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Upbeat is the only way to describe Comptroller George Maragos’ report on Nassau County’s financial situation. He said that expenses have been stabilized in spite of increases in almost everything. Speaking at a press conference at Anton Newspapers he noted the raise in Medicare and health insurance. He was pleased that Nassau County has an A+ rating from Standard and Poor’s. We will get new revenue when 50 more red light cameras are installed and also with the Boot and Tow Program for those who have failed to pay their fines. Maragos also noted the new private bus service is, he claimed, giving us better service at a lower cost.

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Joe and Margaret Connelly live on Raff Avenue. Joe used to own a Texaco station in Garden City Park.

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Ray Vaz is active in Corpus Christi Church. He and Ann live in the village. Ray was an appliance salesman for P.C. Richards and Mr. Jay.

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Lennie and Ginney Schmidt live on Jerome Avenue. If you think you might have a gas leak, Lennie is the man you want.

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Jack Cusack is a retired court officer. He and his wife Cathy reside in East Williston.

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Tilly and Noel McParland used to own the Recovery Room now called O’Carrolls. Noel works in the new Molly Downs restaurant in Williston Park. Tilly is involved in home care.

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John Kennedy is our local poet. His latest is an ode for Americans who dream about those they left behind in Ireland and England. John and his wife live on Clinton Avenue.

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A much-belated announcement about our first baby of the year! Christopher Andrew Hoag was born in January to Mark and Andrea of Emory Road. She is a doctor and Mark works at Albertson Hardware.

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Christine Padinha has worked for Family Foot Care for 15 years. She and her husband Roger, an electrician, live on Beebe Road.

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The Mineola American has been named the official paper of East Williston which means we carry all their legal notices. Of course we have always been the official newspaper of Mineola.

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Believe it or not Arline Cavanaugh recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

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Ed and Ava Panzella, Lou and Nancy Librandi and Joe and Marge Wood were among the large group of Knights honoring Ken Lyons, who they named the Knight of the Year. The dinner was at the Knights Hall.

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Jerry Molfetas has been on the staff of La Marmite for 19 years. He and his wife Susan Live in Williston Park.

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Jay Leno heard a politician say, “The ugliest four letter word in the English language is taxes.” Guess arithmetic was not his strong suit.

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Eddie and Amy Yez reside on Barwick Boulevard. He works at Albertson Hardware.

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Rose Repke who was in business in the Mineola area for so many years was in the office.  She looks great and is deeply involved in charity work. Rose is 92 years old.

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Could you see giving a hero’s welcome to Jose Reyes? He turned his back on us for more money. No loyalty here. These tributes should be reserved for men like Mike Piazza. Mike returned to a standing ovation and he hit two home runs that day. Mike, now retired, is an ordained deacon.