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Around the Town with Lou - August 28, 2009

Chief of Detectives Ed Curran is now retired after a distinguished 33-year career with the police department. He started as a patrolman in the 3rd Precinct in 1946. He advanced quickly to a detective in 1951. Ed moved up rapidly from there to detective sergeant, detective lieutenant and detective captain and finally chief of detectives, a position he held for 14 years. In 1978 he was made first deputy commissioner of police. Ed retired in 1979. He is now the president of the NY State Association of Police. This is the only statewide association of retired police with 5,300 members. Their headquarters is nearby on Old Country Road, Carle Place. He and his wife Ruth have lived on Croyden Road for 45 years. Ed Curran is active in the County Seat Kiwanis Club. If you attend their annual Superbowl breakfast you can always find Ed standing behind the counter serving pancakes. Three years ago he was named “Kiwanian of the Year.” He and Ruth attend Corpus Christi Church.

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When you think of baseball in Mineola you have to think of “Tippy” Overton, former president of the MAA, head of the Little League, the Pony League and the Mustang League. “Tippy” lives on Dow Avenue.

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Victor and Mary Borek have moved from Birchwood Court to the Bristal Assisted Living complex in Westbury.

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Remember about a year ago there was a big scandal regarding LIRR retirees getting disability compensation? Over 90 percent of people retiring from the LIRR received disability pay. Just four doctors OK’d all the claims. Over 90 percent of the workers on disability! Something was wrong some place. There was a big public outcry. Then all of a sudden the story disappeared; it was like it never happened. No word from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. No word from Republicans or Democrats. What happened?

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Grace Weismantel and her daughter Karen Mulqueen enjoyed lunch at Cugini’s with us. Grace is the widow of Walter Weismantel, owner of the bakery on Jericho Turnpike with the same name for 50 years. Walter recently died in Florida. Karen is a school teacher in Port Washington.

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Joe DiGiorgio, founder of the Mineola Ambulance Corps, was at the pool the other day. Joe, no longer ambulatory, used to come and sit by the pool every summer day. This, however, was the first time we had seen him. Lots of people asked where he was. Joe, now 88 years old, gets to the pool whenever he can.

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What recession? Painter Dennis Walsh of Albertson Place reported he is busy as ever, especially with his power washing.

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Charlie Munder, owner of Munder’s Hardware, was able to come to the store for a couple of hours. It was his first visit in two years as he is recuperating from a long illness. His sons and grandsons have been holding down the fort.

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Lynn Hogerty used to work for Metropolitan Life. He and his wife Margie live on Latham Road. They have lived in the village for 48 years.

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Ann Calacci of Garfield Avenue is a retired retail-clothing worker. Her late husband Dominick was a cabinet finisher.

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Francine McPoland of Lincoln Avenue is doing a good job with her popular Irish restaurant, Patrick’s East Side Grille.

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If you needed a volunteer, the first person to raise her hand was Nancy Portoghese Bauer. She belonged and worked for so many groups. Nancy was a member of the choir at Corpus Christi Church and a volunteer in many church-related activities. She was a member of the County Seat Kiwanis Club. She was the long-time president of the Republican Club. Nancy was on the Mineola Pool and Recreation Board and was a member of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She just recently had volunteered to work on the Membership Committee. She and fellow member Jerry Mehlman selected the winners of the chamber’s scholarship program. Her sudden death at 47 was a shock to all.

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A doctor we know, talking about baseball, football or basketball players, always says, “The problem is that they don’t pay them enough.” Hey, it’s good to have a sense of humor!

Corpus Christi pastor, the Reverend James Bowman, broke his big toe when he accidently kicked a bureau with a bare foot.

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Joyce DeKanchuk of Penn Avenue is the widow of “Butch” who used to own Jericho Collision. Joyce was with the Garden City Police Department. Today she works in that village as a crossing guard.

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Speaking of cops – I remember on our honeymoon when Grace and I went to Boston. I made a turn into a one-way street and was quickly stopped by a big Irish cop. When I explained that we were on our honeymoon and I was a little distracted, he said, “I’ll let you go this time but don’t ever come back to Boston.” Over the years whenever we go through that city, we say, “I hope he’s not still watching.”