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Around the Town with Lou: July 2, 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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Corpus Christi Church was filled as they concelebrated its feast day. This is the church’s 111th year. The readings and the singing were in both English and Portuguese as the two choirs joined together. The Mass was celebrated with the pastor Msgr. Monsignor Robert Coyle, Father Gabriel and Deacon Mannix. Coyle said the “Lords Prayer” in English and Portuguese. He noted that we have Masses in Spanish also. “We serve three cultures,” he said. Among those present were State Senator Jack Martins and his wife Paula, Jack’s father Antonio Martins, John Davanzo and Bob and Pat Hinck. The Mass concluded with a procession around the inside of the church.

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Marco Esposito of Mineola likes to play with his daughter Maria in Memorial Park.

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Nick Motto of Barwick Blvd. sent me a correction about the death of jockey Mike Venezia. He’s right; Venezia was trampled to death after a bad spill at Belmont.

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Mike Vezzi is a great guy – helping the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, the Mineola Republican Party, singing in the church choir and serving on the library board. Michael lives on Clinton Avenue and his great friend, Pat Carfagno, on 3rd Avenue. Pat is also a lay reader at church.

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Led by Manny Calvalho of Churrasqueira Bairradas, Portuguese Day was a big success. One third of our people are of Portuguese origin, mostly from that country, but many others are from Brazil, like Father Tomaz Gomide and a few from Goa, an enclave on the coast of India. Portugal was once a great power ruling an empire, including great areas of Africa. They were the first Europeans to reach China and the first of the explorers led by Henry the Navigator, Vasco De Gama and Ferdinand Magellan. Their empire is long gone but they left their language, religion and culture in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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The Seacrest has gone. The diner on Glen Cove Road survived an attack 30 years ago when six armed men seized the diner, robbing and raping the patrons and terrorizing the people for six hours. All were caught and served 25-year prison terms. The Seacrest survived that but poor business forced its closing. Fito, the owner of the Park City Diner, is going to reopen the Seacrest.

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Joe DiGiorgio, the founder of the Ambulance Corps, came to the pool every day. When he could no longer walk he would just sit in his wheelchair and enjoy the fresh air and the people. We held a moment of silence for Joe at the pool.

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Carl Sentelmo is the pool supervisor. Carl lives on Liberty Avenue and will be marrying Lisbeth Teemsma in November.

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Joan Gello is the owner of Biscuit and Barbecue Diner. She has lived in Mineola for 20 years.

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The Baptist Church Bulletin said they would be reading the story of “Jonah and the White Shark”. That’s a new one on me.

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While visiting Clark Gardens we met an interesting man – Father Hugh Byrne, a retired priest. He often fills in at the Church of American Martyrs.

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Don and Leslie Bucaco of Foch Boulevard and Tom and Janet Raad of Latham Road enjoyed dinner at Cugini.

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Joe and Kim Galante and daughter Riley enjoyed a dip in the pool. Joe is the assistant comptroller of the state working for Tom DiNapoli.

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Sal Lombardo had his grandson from Italy at the pool. The three-year-old speaks no English but you could tell he loved the pool.

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Leno saw a church sign mentioning Jeese Christ. Didn’t these people ever hear of proofreading?

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The pool board voted to make the pool a smoke-free facility, but the village board overruled their decision.