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Around the Town with Lou: September 25, 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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Block parties are popular this time of the year. We dropped in on the one held between First Street and Garfield Avenue and met Lora Conway, Lauren and Fernando Mora, Peggy Rodreguez, Evelyn O’Rourke, Maria and Seth Seoparson, Amy Levine with Emily, Madison and Jeremy, Dee and John McLaughlin and kids Connor, Danielle and Gavin, Jill and Mike Braster and children Ryan and Tyler, Jerry and Joan Genova with Nicole and Raymond, Karen Garvey, Bill and Mary Ann McLaughlin, Jackie Hunt, Denise Klass, Denise McHowan and others.

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Did you enjoy your summer at the pool? Are you missing the wonderful group of lifeguards and staff? Check out the video on YouTube titled, JSD Does Call Me Maybe, created by Patricia Holliday.

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Sally Patterson says she really misses Mineola. She was born in the village and went to Corpus Christi School. She and her husband Charlie were active in the church. Charlie was an usher. Sally worked for Bowne, the engineers, for 50 years starting when she was just 17. We wish them well in their new home in Virginia.

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Msgr. Robert Coyle, pastor of Corpus Christi, noted that in the 50 years since Vatican II the number of Catholics in the U.S. has grown from 44 million to 67 million. On Long Island, from 400,000 to today’s 1.7 million. On the downside, we have fewer priests and fewer nuns. He said that there are four men in the diocese to be ordained this year. He also noted that Msgr. Eugene Murphy will celebrate his 60th year as a priest.

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Good to see Bernadette O’Brien and Russ Miller around town these days. She was away visiting her sister and Russ is recovering from an illness.

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Christine and Claude Barcos of Emory Road are good customers of the Park City Diner. Christine is the lay reader with the English accent.

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The Seacrest Diner on Glen Cove Road will reopen in November.

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Scott Levy works in our Circulation Department. He and his wife Christine live on Arlington Street. She was actually born in the village. Scott managed a couple of restaurants before coming here.

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Pat and Don McMahon have lived in Williston Park for 55 years.

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When my colleague Ron Scaglia wrote about Boston it reminded me of our honeymoon when Grace and I passed through that city. I went down a wrong way street and was immediately pulled over by a cop. I explained that we were on our honeymoon and was distracted. The cop said, “I’ll let you go this time, but don’t ever come back to Boston.” In the following years each time we passed through that city we always said we hope he’s not still looking for us.

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Katie Aiello works at Curves. She and her husband Frank live in Williston Park. He is in the oil business.

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Jay Leno saw a quote defending the right to bare arms. Get rid of those long sleeves! He saw another ad, “Stamp out literacy.” Doesn’t anybody ever proofread these things?

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Reading over The Guide to Mineola, I would be remiss forgetting the help we received from our son Richard, later the executive editor of People magazine, now retired, our son Tom, later, CPA, and our daughter, Sister AnnMarie, now the director of communications for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.