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Around The Town With Lou

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 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

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Maureen O’Connell, the Nassau County Clerk, was the speaker at the recent Mineola Chamber of Commerce meeting. She is a registered nurse, a graduate of St. John’s Law School and a member of the Nassau County Bar Association. Maureen served as the deputy mayor and a member of the board of directors for the Village of East Williston from 1991 to 1998. In 1998, she became the first woman ever elected to the NY State Assemby from this district. In 2005, she was elected to her present position. Maureen lives in East Williston with her husband Don, and son Donald, Jr. The Chamber found her talk enlightening and peppered her with questions.

 

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Joe Wood of Jackson Avenue was busy buying Scott grass seed at Munder’s Hardware.

 

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Our own Mineola Barbara Stagnari was a runner in the Boston Marathon. We got to know her from the Mineola pool and the many races she has participated in and the bevy of awards she has received. Barbara is an outstanding athlete. She lives on Brown Street.

 

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Cathy Seewaldt likes to shop at King Kullen. Her husband, Robert, is the owner of Robert’s Men’s Shop. He started that business 60 years ago. Today it is run by his daughter Cathy Whitley. Another King Kullen customer is Maryann Iaquinto.

 

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Pete Sheehan now works as a freelancer for us at Anton, He is often called in to handle special assignments.

 

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The Whistle Stop, next to the East Williston Railroad Station, which was owned by Mary Ann Fearon, is out of business. Mary Ann sold the shop two years ago, but the new owners never did too well. Mary Ann had a lot of advantages. She was born in the village, knew everybody and had a sparkling personality. She also was a very hard worker, willing to rise at 5 a.m. and open her store at 6 a.m. Tough act to follow!

 

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Lisa and Kenny Cotroive of Beebe Road and Lou and Pat Santosus dined at the Davenport celebrating Lou’s 50 years as a fireman. At another table was John Cassisi, an attorney, who used to own a restaurant on Hillside Avenue.

 

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Joanne Fitzgerald of Houston Street worked as a teacher at Abilities! for 44 years. She also writes the Golden Age column for this newspaper.

 

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Sheriff says he is clamping down on worthless Czechs. Jay Leno says he is sure he meant checks and not the people of Eastern Europe.

 

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About 40 members of the Corpus Christi Council of the Knights of Columbus received communion at a recent Mass. Among them were Tom Hayden, a retired elevator mechanic who lives on Bradley Court; Ed Panzella, a retired purchasing agent (he and his wife Ava live on Marcellus Road); Nick Pennachio (he and Susan live on Columbus Parkway); Tom Doherty (he and Vilma reside in the Village, along with Michael Vezzi, Joe Wood, Pat Robin, Frank Iaquinto, Tony Donnelly, Mike Dougherty, Tom Kelly, Bill Kessler  who is the post commander of the Catholic War Veterans, Tom Linehan, myself, and the Grand Knight Jim Corrican.)

 

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John Pinto and Mario Olivsira enjoyed dinner at Café Sport. John owns United Auto on Washington Avenue and Mario works at Swift Auto Parts, next to Willis Hobbies. Both live in Mineola.