Around Town With Lou

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Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his late wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

Annette and Frank Tripoli of Jerome Avenue in Mineola are now living here at the Maria Regina Residence in Brentwood.

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It was great to receive a card from Shelly Jacobs who, at one time, worked in the classified department of Anton Media Group.

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Ryan Burke of Beebe Road is an eighth-grade student at the Brother Joseph C. Fox Latin School located at Bishop Kellenberg High School. Ryan is taking his Catholic high school entrance exams and is considering attending either Kellenberg, Chaminade or Xavier High Schools.

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We heard a lot about presidential election polls this season. In 1936 The Literary Digest had a poll that showed Franklin Roosevelt being decisively defeated by the Republican candidate Alfred Landon. The Literary Digest poll went out of business when Roosevelt won every state in the union except Maine and Vermont.

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Mineola’s Portuguese community is very proud of the fact that Antonio Guterres is the new head of the United Nations. He has many problems to deal with such as the struggle with Syria, the battle with ISIS, the refugee problems, China’s claims to the South China Sea and the growing struggle between Russia and the West.

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Montfort Missionary Brother Paul Llorens is my next door neighbor here at Maria Regina as well as one of the three fellows whom I eat lunch with every day.

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Gavin Duffy was a big rooter for the Chicago Cubs, knowing that the Cubs hadn’t won a World Series since 1908. He and his wife, Irene, both cheered for the team.

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For 30 years The Cuttin’ Club has been servicing the people of Mineola, Williston Park, and Albertson. On the staff are Laura, Pat, Maggie, Janice and Tracy.

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Sister Heather Ganz attended a brunch to celebrate her aunt’s birthday. Present were Lisa and Nick Joyce of Williston Park. The brunch was held at Copperhill in Williston Park, which was the former La Marmite.

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George and Helena Summers of Williston Park are still doing well. George is a civil engineer and works as a project approver.

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The garden ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood celebrated a blessing of the animals on the Feast of St. Francis.

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Mineola’s Dr. Barry Gimbel and his wife, Betty, enjoyed their trip to Tanzania. Dr. Gimbel has some wonderful photos that he is anxious to show to everyone. He is an excellent photographer.

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Peter Gollobin said he is sorry that he missed the funeral of my wife, Grace. He was in Geneva, Switzerland at the time. He is developing a new line of luxury swimwear called Rive de Rive. Peter owns a factory at 72 East Second St. in Mineola called MiniPoint. The property next door at 74 East Second has been purchased by Robert Fox, owner of Fox’s, which specializes in women’s clothes. Fox will use the new property for storage.

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The “graveyard watch” has nothing to do with the police department. Two hundred years ago, when one could not tell if a person was dead for sure, lest people be buried alive they were given a small bell, unlike in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe, where a woman was buried alive. If the bell had not rung by the end of the night, people knew the deceased was really gone and so could bury the coffin.

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Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his late wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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