Around Town With Lou: Aug. 17-31

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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.

Mandy Page of Roslyn Road is a physician assistant. She and her husband, Andrew, a businessman, have lived in Mineola for seven years. They have two children, Max, 3, and Kelsey, 1.

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James Weynend, Jr. of Albertson works at Winthrop University Hospital as an emergency room technician. James used to work at Papa Joe’s on Hillside Avenue.

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Anne Marie Cunha works as a case manager at Winthrop University Hospital. She and her husband, Tino, bought their house on First Street in 1996 and have been happily living in Mineola ever since. Tino works in construction and has an irrigation company. They have three children, Kirsten, a student at Sacred Heart University; and Connor and Kylie who are students in the Mineola school system. All three attended Corpus Christi School until it closed. Anne Marie worked at Winthrop several years ago, earned a degree in nursing, worked for a doctor for 16 years, and then returned to Winthrop nine years ago as a case manager.

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It was great to meet a young Catholic sister. Sister Heather Ganz grew up in Hauppauge, graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, and then entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood in 2010. Sister Heather works in the sisters’ garden ministry where they care for chickens, goats, rabbits, honeybees and an organic garden. They also offer programs for children and adults to have meaningful experiences in nature, organize a community garden where people from the neighborhood can grow their own vegetables to take home with them, and keep a sharing table where they share their harvest and the eggs.

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You might think that the expression “between the devil and the deep blue sea” refers to a demon. The expression is actually a nautical term, with devil referring to a heavy plank fastened to the side of a ship that is used as a support for guns. Since it was difficult to access, once a sailor was there it was a dangerous place to be, with the deep blue sea just one misstep away. Thus the expression has come to mean being in a dilemma.

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Kelly Bolobanic and Victoria Calcasola work together—Kelly as a physical therapist, and Victoria as an occupational therapist. Kelly is married to Christopher and they have three children.

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Speech pathologist Janine Peluso has something in common with my wife, Grace—both are graduates of Adelphi University. Janice graduated with a degree in speech therapy. She and her husband, who is an officer in the Emergency Service Unit of the NYPD, have two children, Nicholas, 4, and Liliana, 2, and have a third child well on the way.

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“To get the upper hand.” In early baseball, the player on one team would throw his bat to a player on the other team, which had to be caught in mid-air. The captains of both teams then would grab the bat by placing one fist on the bat, while the opposing captain placed his fist above the other person’s fist. The fist that ended on the top of the bat was then the team that was given the home field advantage.

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Registered nurse and Mineola resident Abella Sotelo has been working at Sunharbor Manor in Roslyn Heights for 28 years. She is also a parishioner at Corpus Christi.

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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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