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Around The Town With Lou: June 5, 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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St. Thomas More gave his life rather than betray his faith when he refused to sanction the divorce and remarriage of Henry the VIII. Deacon Brian Mannix said in his homily, in more modern times; he spoke of the murder of Bishop Oscar Romero who was gunned down right on the altar as he was saying Mass. The deacon also mentioned the three nuns and the church worker who were raped and killed and the killing of the six Jesuit priests and two women. All died fighting for the poor and oppressed in Latin America.

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Venezia Garden Center is a huge place at the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Nassau Blvd. Flowers, plants, bushes and grasses plus great statues of the Virgin or of St. Frances. Frank Venezia and his family run the 20-year-old business. No, the family is not related to the famous jockey, Mike, who was killed when his head slammed into the starting gate at Belmont.

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Richard Spizuoco is a retired teacher and Irene Campos Ignaczak is a retired librarian. They enjoyed dinner at Café Sport. Both are graduates of Mineola High School, class of 1967, and live on Liberty Avenue.

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No matter where I travel, I run into cops from the Third Precinct like Mark Kellerman, Mike Komarnicki, Charlie Sellin, Jim Doughtery and Sean Coffee. They and the rest of the guys from the third do a great job and make us glad that our precinct was spared in the cut back.

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A fellow I know thought the announcer said, “A salute to cold water.” What he really said was “A salute to Cole Porter.”

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What a great guy Tom Kelly is! Always ready to pitch in at Corpus Christi Church. He’s an usher too and a past grand knight of the Corpus Christi Council.

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Jay Leno saw an ad for replacement windows but it came out, “Call us for replacement widows.” Listen, you can’t replace those fine ladies.

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Bishop Paul Walsh was at Corpus Christi Church praising the local parish for their great contribution to the diocese.

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Paul Krumholz used to work for the school system and is now with Mineola Bicycle.

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Waiting for the school bus were Maryellen and Greg Vescovi. Their kids are Gregory, Kerry and Logan.  They live on White Road.

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When you open a new business in Mineola, there is a lot to consider. First the village has to give you permission if you are going to sell food or drinks as we see with the battle with 7-Eleven and drastic alterations to a structure has to be approved. The village has to okay heights and signs. Special permission has to be gained to erect iron gates. People planning to open a business would be wise to visit the building department of the village.

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Back to Leno. He spotted this headline, “Unarmed bear attacks hunter.”

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Our meter crew do a fine job keeping traffic moving and gaining revenue for the village. They are Stuart Goldstein, Laurie McCarian, Rich Zbikowski and Andy Ruggiero.

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Angela Agnew has that same winning wit and smile as her dad, Jim, of Garfield Avenue.