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Around the Town with Lou - January 29, 2010

Corpus Christi School closing after 87 years. This sad news hits so many. We can at least hope that the closing can help St. Aidan’s school and St. Joseph’s. A salute to the many nuns and lay teachers who taught there for so many years. The many students to graduate and went on to live very successful lives will always remember their first school.

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On a brighter note, the restaurants report a very good New Year’s Eve business. Larry, from Eleanor Rigby’s, said it was the best ever. Bistro Cintrone in Roslyn also said it was the best in years; Dennis at Davenport was happy, as were the owners of Cugini’s, Ivy Cottage, Ginos, Mims, La Gondola, Café Sport and Papa Joe’s. Jonathan’s said it was about the same as last year. The only restaurant to have been somewhat disappointed was La Marmite. So maybe that means that the economy has turned the corner.

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Andrew Tommasini, the music critic of The NY Times, is the son of Frank, who owns Greenway Cabinetry in Williston Park.

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Deacon Brian Mannix of Corpus Christi deplored the medias emphasis on violence and hate. He rues the two wars we are fighting, the spread of terrorism, unemployment, abortion and lack of health care. He noted that religious people are often called “fanatics.” The only things counteracting against all this is the hour you spend at Mass on Sundays (45 minutes if Pastor James Coyle is the celebrant). He joked, as the pastor is noted for his swiftness.

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Mobile Vulgas in Latin meant the Fickle Crowd and is the origin of our word “mob.” I know you were all wondering about that.

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Jay Leno (I hope he survives) said the worst name for a restaurant he has ever heard of is, “Squat and Gobble.” What genius ever thought that was a good name?

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Would not two armed marshals on every plane, ready to shoot, be a good idea? Perhaps this could eliminate all the body scanners, taking off your shoes, body searches and other things that are making air travel a nightmare. Grace and I traveled to Europe and Latin America and to many different cities in the U.S. when we were younger. Air travel used to be a delight and we would look forward to our trips. Today, it’s a dread.

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Dorothy and Mike Mignone of Penn. Avenue are customers of Mary Ann Fearon’s Whistle Stop. Mike worked for the state and Dorothy at Woolworth’s. Remember them and their competitor, Kreskes?

Feeling was running high against our dysfunctional state Senate when greedy Democrats and Republicans battled over nothing much and paralyzed all state business for two months while getting paid, of course. Assemblyman Tom McKevitt tells me he was getting hate mail. The Assembly has nothing to do with the Senate, but a lot of the public don’t realize that they are two distinct bodies.

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This is unusual: John and Barbara McGuire were both born in Williston Park and their moms were both born in the same village. John is a retired LIRR conductor who later worked on the construction of the new Mineola Bridge.

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Head Corpus Christi usher Tony Donnelly is recovering from pneumonia.

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Charlie and Sally Patterson celebrated their 57th. Sharing in the event were their son Russell and his wife Rose and their grandsons Ryan and Andy.

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Popular furrier Bill Greene and his wife Lynn will visit England and France. They will take the chunnel which runs under the English Channel as they will visit Paris.

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Kudos to our four meter people who do such a good job keeping traffic moving and helping with village revenue. They are Lorrie McCarran, Stuart Goldstein, Andy Ruggiero and Rich Zbikowski.

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Christine Paganelli has worked for Haller-Zaremba Insurance for five years. She and her husband Steve live on White Road and have two girls Stephanie and Melissa. Stephanie is graduating from MHS and her sister from the middle school. Christine herself is a grad of MHS.

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With all this battling over gay marriage, many of our friends say give them anything that they want but don’t call it marriage.