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Around The Town With Lou: October 30, 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, a graduate of Adelphi University, have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

When Kathleen Rice defeated Denis Dillon in the battle to become the district attorney, we had Republican friends that were assistant DA’s. They figured that Rice would fire them and replace them with Democrats. That didn’t happen. Kathleen said, “We will keep all those doing a good job no matter what party they belong to.” Rice has always worked like that. She has brought down drunk driving. She had a man who was drunk and driving the wrong way on a parkway, crashing into a van killing a little girl and the driver, and convicted him of murder. Instead of the usual five-year sentence, he was found guilty of murder and sentenced for 18 years to life. She has publicly displayed the photos of those arrested for DWI. She is now working hard against texting while driving.

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Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, ran into former house speaker Newt Gingrich in Washington D.C. On a recent visit home, Annmarie had a chance to talk to Mineola Doctor Barry Gimbel about Peru. Dr. Gimbel recently visited that country and Annmarie spent five years there.

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What a guy John Davanzo is – just out of the hospital. He is back at his job at Village Hall. He is a guide and will direct you to the right department or take you there himself. John refuses to take any pay.

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That recent pitch for the Knights was given by Grand Knight Jim Corrigan. Past Grand Knight Tom Kelly gave out applications.

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Sorry to hear of the death of Nancy Foresto. She and her late husband Michael owned Foresto Men’s Shop. They were great friends as were sons Dom and Joe.

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Angela and Chris Macias live on Lathem Road. Chris is a lawyer and Angela is a cosmetologist. They have a dog they really like named “Winston.” Angelia’s dad is Jim Agnew of Garfield Avenue. A fine Irishman!

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Speaking of Ireland, Corpus Christi Pastor, Msgr. Robert Batule mentioned his Irish roots.

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Always good to see Michael Vezzi and Pat Carfagno at Corpus Christi Church. They are both lay readers and great friends.

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Jay Leno thinks that “MercuryFish and Chips” is a bad name for a seafood restaurant. They also advertise their chicken needle soup. Be careful when you swallow.

Three vets of the Iraq and Afganistan wars have joined the American Legion. They are Owen Reill of Raff Avenue, Dan Cribbins of Wellington Road, and Christian Vanderbeck of Jefferson Avenue. The legion membership chairman is Jerry Olsen of Lathem Road. Jerry is still active at the age of 95. Jerry has lived in the village for 63 years. He joined the legion in 1954 when Murray Morgan was commander.

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Pat Conner of Dow Avenue works for the Pall Corporation in Port Washington as an electrical engineer.

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George and Nancy Becker reside on Wellington Road. He works at LIJ.

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Cathy and Steve Barnwell live on Berkley Road. Cathy works for IBM. Steve is a criminal defense lawyer. They have resided in town for 17 years. They enjoy eating at Eleanor Rigby’s.

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Speaking of that restaurant, the hostess there is Maureen Padovano of Bauer Place. Her husband Vincent is a mailman.