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Around the Town with Lou - December 11, 2009

Ben Franklin was a man of many talents. Mineola has a man like that in Peter Gollobin.

He is the owner of MEDIpoint, MEDIpoint International, and FirstLine Medical Supplies, manufacturing a quarter of a million medical devices a day in his factory in Mineola. MEDIpoint’s products are sold in over 60 countries worldwide, including India, Taiwan, and Australia.

Peter has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, and holds five patents for medical devices, with two more patents pending. He has been a Professional Member of The Society of Plastic Engineers since 1981, was a project engineer for Johnson & Johnson, and worked in the Cold Strip Mill at Bethlehem Steel.

Peter worked for years with the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center Department of Epidemiology designing safety medical devices, and also worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service at their Plum Island Animal Disease Center designing a medical device. He was awarded the 2005 Federal Laboratory Consortium’s “Excellence In Technology Transfer” award for his work in developing a better method for drawing blood from mice used in research. Peter was also awarded the 2005 Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service’s “Technology Transfer Award” for developing technology that advances the more humane treatment of laboratory animals.

He is a past president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce, has been a member of the board of directors for 20 years, was editor of the Chamber’s monthly newsletter The Bulletin for 16 years, and has been the master of ceremonies at the annual Mineola Fair for 19 years. Peter was voted Mineola Businessperson of the Year in 1991 and received the New York State Senate Achievement Award that same year, was awarded the Key to the Village of Mineola in 1995 and made an “Honorary Citizen of Mineola” in 1996. He received The United States Congress “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” in May of 1997. Over the years he has received seven additional proclamations from the office of the mayor of the Village of Mineola, four citations from the Nassau County Legislature, six citations from Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta, and two New York State Senate Proclamations. Peter is on the board of directors of PACE (Parent and Child Education) Organization, and is a ring steward at the Islip Horseman’s Association.

Peter was a professional skier for eight years, was the assistant director of the ski school at Davos ski area in Monticello, NY, rides and jumps horses, and loves to fish. An avid singer, guitar player, and songwriter, with 66 copywrited original songs, Peter wrote all the music for his band Pinky and The Twinkies and currently writes music for, and is the leader of, the rock ‘n’ roll musical group, The Early Bird Special. He was also involved for 10 years with “The Yellow Cote Players” theater group where he acted, sang, was responsible for special effects, did some choreography and helped build sets.

Currently Peter is working on two projects: one is a 10-minute diagnostic test kit for spinal meningitis to replace the current two-day culture test, which he hopes will save millions of lives, and the other is developing a better, more humane way to draw blood from rats used in research, which he hopes will reduce the cost of some research as well as offer more accurate results. – What a guy!

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Retired NYPD Sgt. Larry Fullam and his wife Anne enjoyed lunch at Panera Bread. The couple lives in Williston Park.

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Tony and Debbie Valente have resided in Mineola for the last 15 years. Tony is a computer programmer.

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Nothing is planned at this time for old Olympic site at Jericho Turnpike and Latham Road where the gas station was formerly located.

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The Christmas Carol now playing was a very disappointing picture to me. They took Dickens’ wonderful old tale and ruined it with all those special effects.

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Good to see Pat Tobin back in the Corpus Christi choir after an absence of 15 years.