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Around the Town with Lou - March 26, 2010

God gave the Irish a beautiful day, March 7, for the local St. Patrick’s Day parade sponsored by the Irish American Society. Led by the lovely Grand Marshal Mary O’Boyle-Deegan and watched by thousands, it was a great success. The Star Spangled Banner and the green, white and gold of Ireland were ubiquitous. The schools, the Knights, the mounted riders and the bagpipers made it all something grand.

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Deacon Kevin McCormick gave a well-attended three days of “Reflection” at Corpus Christi Church.

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Good luck to our mayor as he goes against Craig Johnson for the state senate. Remember that Johnson was one of those who tied up the senate for six weeks preventing any action. Both parties showed complete contempt for the public’s business.

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Tom DiNapoli, perhaps the best comptroller in NY history, dined at the Piccola Bussola Restaurant along with the Mehlmans and us. We have known Tom since he was in high school and became the youngest person ever elected to the Board of Ed at 18. Later he was elected to the assembly and was reelected 10 times serving 20 years.

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With all the problems confronting Governor David Paterson we can think of a lot of other governors who were really great. The first governor of New York was George Clinton who served the longest term, 21 years in office. Others became presidents or at least ran for president including Martin Van Buren, Grover Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt, Al Smith, Franklin Roosevelt, Nelson Rockefeller and Tom Dewey.

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Was there ever a worse idea than “Consolidation?” This crazy plan could eliminate the villages that, in the case of Mineola, provide fire service, sanitation, snow removal, highway maintenance, a library and a community pool. Villages are very efficient and give the public easy access to their elected officials.

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Joe Palumbo is a Nassau County police officer. He and his wife Nora and their four kids live on Foch Boulevard.

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Good to talk to our former Mayor Ed Smith in Connecticut. Ed and Evelyne doing well and hoping to be able to visit their old hometown soon. Ed was a terrific mayor and a wonderful president of the Chamber of Commerce.

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Sorry to hear about the death of Al Ratto. He spent 40 years in our school system, 12 years teaching biology and later as dean of students. Al was also a Little League coach.

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If a theater or a hotel were ever built on the parking field at First Street and Third Avenue, parking would be on the roofs of these structures.

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Corpus Christi Sister Therese lunched at Jonathans.

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The diner being renovated on Herricks Road is scheduled to open around early May.

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Some say business is poor but certainly not Franwin Pharmacy. Owner Bob Somerville says they have never been as busy as they are today. Their proximity to the hospital surely helps.

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Brian Donahue is an actor and a stunt man. He and his wife Lori used to live here before they moved to Albertson.

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Tony and Beverly Donnelly spent two weeks in Silver Spring, Maryland, visiting their daughter. Tony is head usher at Corpus Christi Church.

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Noelogisms are quite the rage. This is making two words into one word. Like breakfast and lunch became brunch, channel and tunnel have become chunnel, smoke and gas have given us smog and web log have given us blog.