Around Town With Lou

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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 have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

Dr. Barry Gimbel and his wife, Betty, took a trip to California to see their daughter, who lives in Oakland.

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Mary Ann Guarino is able to drive again after her operation.

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Pat Mazzorco and her husband, Anthony, have been friends of our family for a long time. Anthony is now retired while Pat works for Cuttin’ Club on Hillside Avenue, where she has been for many years. She has been the hairdresser of my wife, Grace, since Pat was 17 years old. Grace followed her around as she worked in different shops over the years. She has done Grace’s hair for a total of 46 years.

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Rev. Malcolm Burns is the new pastor of Corpus Christi Church in Mineola. He last served a parish in Farmingville.

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We saw a movie here at The Bristal, called Finding Jane. It was the story of Jane Austen, who wrote novels in the 18th century. At that time, it was considered a disgrace for a woman to waste time writing novels instead of being in the kitchen, cooking and taking care of her husband. Jane was first proposed to by a rich, handsome man. Although her family pushed hard for the wedding to take place, Jane backed out because she did not love him. She later fell in love with a handsome Irishman. After they were married, her husband, Brandon, planned to take her to County Wexford, but after a good deal of thought Jane decided she wanted to remain in England and be a novelist. Hence, we have Pride and Prejudice and the other great novels that she wrote.

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“The Old, Gray Lady” was the name given to The New York Times, because it was considered such a highly respectable newspaper. I have been a digital subscriber to the Times for many years.

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There’s lots of talk in Mineola about the proposed third track. Many people think it is a good idea because it would relieve congestion at peak hours and prevent delays. Others are very much against it because the additional track will be close to homes and noisy.

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Silvan Green works at The Bristal here in Westbury. He has lived in the United States for the last 11 years, having come from Jamaica, where he was born in the Montego Bay area. His oldest son, Charlie, lives in Oregon, and attends a university there studying computer science, specializing in microchips and software.

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We saw another movie here at The Bristal about the landing on the moon that took place in 1972. Twelve men have walked on the moon—all were Americans. No other country has ever reached the moon. After the movie was shown in a kindergarten class, the teacher asked one little girl, “Would you like to go to the moon?” She answered, “No, I am afraid of heights!”

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Fran Dempsey is back home after a long stay in the hospital where she was recovering from a broken pelvis. Monsignor Robert Batule paid her a visit recently at her house on Latham Road.

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Another movie we saw chronicled the life of Muhammed Ali. Following the movie, we also discussed Brexit, having no idea at the time how the vote would turn out.

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Rhoda Satlin, a professor of political science at Queens College, believes that Bernie Sanders will eventually back Hillary Clinton and will force her to back some of the positions that he has favored.

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Albert and Emily Dilucillo live in Levittown. Albert has been with Tsontos Furs in Mineola for 25 years, helping Bill Greene. Bill was disappointed in the last winter because it was so mild.

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Horses were plentiful in the 1800s and every rich man had plenty of them, as well as carriages, so that each member of the family had his or her own. A man who was poor and considered a failure was called a one-horse man. Hence, the expression a “one-horse town.”

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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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  1. Thanks for helping to keep me informed of my home town, Mr.Sanders. (Native of Mineola, retired in Sacramento CA). Next time you’re on Elm Place, take a look at the plaque on the brick water pumping facility across from Mineola FD company 3.
    At the bottom, you will see the name of “Walter E Sexton Inc.” related to the construction of Mineola’s water infrastructure. My Dad, John Conrad Sr, was a foreman with this company through the 1950s-60s. Lots of great memories with him and growing up in Mineola!

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