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Around The Town With Lou: September 5, 2013

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, 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. 

 

Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, being part of the leadership group, she and other nuns often attend meetings where they do not know anybody. As a good ice breaker, they tell them just say “How about those Mets?” Almost everybody has something to add. Come to think of it, what is wrong with the Mets? 

 

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Janet Broomfield, who is a soloist on occasion at Corpus Christi Church, has a fine voice. 

 

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Cops think body found in a bag could be a homicide. Jay Leno thinks that is a possibility. 

 

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Holly is a lucky dog, having a sweet lady like Barbara DeJose of Garfield Avenue to walk her a couple of times a day. 

 

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Ruth Stuart was involved in a two-car accident on Roslyn Road in Mineola near the Walgreen cut-off. Her car was totaled and she was almost killed. The fire department had to cut off a door of her car to get her out. She says she owes her life to the air bags, seat belt and Jesus. The doctors say it will be about two years before she is fully recovered. Her husband Bill is a retired third precinct cop. 

 

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Always good to see Maryann Plaia, the widow of trustee Angie Plaia. She writes an occasional column for this paper. 

 

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The U.S. Census Bureau puts Mineola’s population at around 19,000. 

 

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They never did find out who started the fire at the Mineola Hotel in 1965. The fire also gutted the Old Casalba Restaurant at Mineola Boulevard and Second Street. 

 

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Will PSEG (Public Service Gas and Electric) do a better job than LIPA? 

 

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Maria and Theresa Mendes and Aida Da Ponte lunched at the Williston Town House. 

 

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Met Joan Kelly, daughter of the late Chris Gannon. 

 

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Luis Tramontano works on peace studies, school safety and anti-bias drives. 

 

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John Davanzo, Leslie Gross and Janet Wohlars of Pomander Road dined at Churrasqueira Restaurant. Leslie is the incumbent town clerk running for reelection on the republican ticket against Wayne Wink, the Democrat and Joe Wood of Mineola on the Conservative line. 

 

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Amelia Goldsmith is the widow of Joe Fitterer, former Mineola Post Master. Amelia lived for 37 years at Mcatee Place and for the past 20 in East Williston. 

 

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Jean Baker of Mineola and daughter Gail lunched at Jonathans. 

 

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Tom and Maryann Warnecke had their little granddaughter with them at Corpus Christi. 

 

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Pastor of Corpus Christi, Msgr. Robert Batule, says that when he prays, he thinks of God as a friend. That reminds me of an old Protestant hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”