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Around The Town With Lou: May 29, 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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Town Clerk Leslie Gross is a busy lady. She keeps all birth, death and marriage certificates for North Hempstead. She also issues all hunting, fishing, taxi and limousine licenses. Leslie keeps records of all town board meetings and all public hearings. In the audience at the Mineola Chamber where she spoke was John Davanzo who was town clerk for some 30 years. Leslie has performed more than 200 weddings and she told me that’s the best part of the job.

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Congrats to Christine Napolitano and Artie Barnett on their victory in the school board election. They defeated John McGrath. Mr. McGrath always seemed to vote on the wrong side of every issue. He voted against paying the legal expenses of a board member who was sued for libel in the course of her duties. This suit could have wiped her out financially. Eventually the case was resolved.

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Yopps Service Station was burglarized twice. The thieves broke in on a Saturday night and again came back for more on Sunday. The police investigation is ongoing.

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Joe and Marge Wood of Jackson Avenue really do “God’s work.” They opened Monica’s House for recently released prisoners and recovering alcoholics. They have now opened a third residence called “Rose’s House” in Uniondale. Joe’s brother, Father Paul Wood, said the first Mass at the new place.

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Terry and Arline of Garfield Avenue are moving to Florida after 14 years in Mineola. The ladies told me to omit their last names.

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Lyde Newman of Jerome Avenue tells me that Msgr. Edward Tarrant twice a week celebrates Mass at Our Lady of Hope. They too enjoy his inspiring homilies as do we at Corpus Christi. Lyde is the daughter of the late Jim and Rita Newman, founders of Cassidy’s Funeral Home.

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Twice I got to see the great Babe Ruth. When I was a little boy, he was playing golf not far from my house. Word spread quickly and soon about 50 of us lined up hoping for his autograph. Ruth stopped his game and signed every book. The other time was when he was a coach for the Dodgers. Ruth could do everything. He was a great pitcher and the greatest hitter of all time. He was one colorful guy. A heavy drinker and habitual womanizer, defiant and often suspended, but the one great thing he had was his love of kids, as I saw on the golf course that day. There will never be another like him.

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Nancy Becker is active in Corpus Christi Church youth activities and she sings in the choir. She and George live on Wellington Road.

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Jill Dougherty will be missed. Our condolences to her husband Mike. She was a past grand regent of the Catholic Daughters. She served in religious education and was a member of the hospitality committee. We also remember her late sister Jacqueline. Many came to her wake, including Rita Bartscherer, Kitty Connors, Sister Theresa, Ursula Bordonaro and Eddie and Mary Hannon. He’s a retired detective. Jill was famous for her colorful hats and many of them were displayed at the wake.

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Tom Tramontano displayed his handsome model cars at the library. His 21 cars took up four shelves in the display case. Tom worked for 21 years for the Nassau County Park Department. He and his wife Elise have lived on Beebe Road for 31 years.

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Good to see Mario Berta and his wife Carol back in church.

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Engineer George Sommers is walking better as he recovers from his stroke. He and Helena have lived in town for many years. George was a key figure in the Roslyn Viaduct Project. By the way, the viaduct is now called the William Cullen Bryant Viaduct, after Roslyn’s great poet.

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Always good to see Ann Calaci, widow of Dominick. She has lived on  Garfield Avenue for 30 years.