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Obituay: Gonzalez, Efrain

Efrain Gonzalez, formerly of Farmingdale, New York, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Fraser Health Center, Hilton Head Island, SC, at the age of 97. Mr. Gonzalez was born in Jayuya, Puerto Rico on February 22, 1917. He was one of nine children born to Bernabe and Baudilia (Hernandez) Gonzalez,

 

A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Gonzalez attended City College of New York and later worked for Republic Aviation and Grumman Aircraft Corporation, While at Grumman, Mr. Gonzalez was proud and honored to be part of the project team to work on the Lunar Exploration Module (LEM) that made the first manned landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969 as part of the Apollo 11 space flight, His signature is on the inside of the LEM on the moon.

 

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Maria Teresa (Del Rio) Gonzalez, of Hilton Head Island; daughter, Enid G. Anderson, of Hilton Head Island and son, Efrain J. Gonzalez, of Brooklyn, NY. Also surviving him are his grandsons Andrew Hegedus (Kathryn), and

Adam Hegedus (Carrie); great-grandchildren Maggie Hegedus, Clara Hegedus, Olivia Hegedus, Grace Hegedus, and Charlie Hegedus, and a wonderfully supportive extended family that he loved deeply including Lisa Anderson (Robert), Robert Anderson (Amelia) and great-grandchildren Natalie Anderson, Verity Murphy and Caroline Anderson, Also surviving him are his brother Joseph A. Gonzalez and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Mr. Gonzalez was predeceased by his beloved daughter Christine Marie; sonin-law William G. Anderson; and by his siblings, Gilbert Gonzalez, Tito Gonzalez, Rafael Gonzalez, Miguel Gonzalez, Vidalina Lagares, Antonia Rivera, and Carmen Gonzalez.

 

A memorial mass was held at Holy Family Church, Hilton Head Island, on Friday, March 21, 2014. Funeral services will be held in Farmingdale, NY. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 at St. Kilian Church in Farmingdale, NY, at 9:45 a.m., followed by burial with military honors at the Long island National Cemetery. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory and Arthur F, White Funeral Home are handling the arrangements for the family. www.theislandfuneralhome.com., www.arthurfwhite.com.


News

More than 2,000 Long Islanders enjoyed the festivities at Captree State Park as Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted the ninth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sept. 15.

Attendees learned about sustainable sources of energy as well as ways to protect the planet, especially the island’s marine environment. There were demonstrations in camping, boating, water safety, renewable energy, wildlife and environmental education, fly fishing, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, touch tanks, ballon animals and plenty of rock and roll.

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Farmingdale.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.


Sports

Farmingdale squeaks by Massapequa

The rivalry between the Farmingdale Dalers and the Massapequa Chiefs is a big one. So big that the school districts and the Nassau County Police Department had to take extra precautions to maintain security. Not everyone who wanted to see this game at Masspequa High School were allowed access to the game. In the past, there was some unruly behavior. So, if you were from Farmingdale you parked on the right side of the school and from Massapequa you were on the left. The stands on both side were full and hundreds standing along the fence to watch this game.

The Chiefs would score first in the first quarter with a 9-yard run by Paul Dilena for a touchdown. The Dalers had some problems moving the ball down field until Daler Danny Mckeon intercepted a pass and ran it back into the Chiefs side of the field. This would set up a 6-yard run for a touchdown for Michael Outing who had 19 carries for 84 yards. With the score tied 7-7, Zach Kolodny kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Dalers up 10-7 shortly before  halftime and the heavy rain that followed.

Town sports shifts to hockey

It’s almost time to hit the ice again.

The Town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey Program will hold its registration on Monday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. on both nights. Registration takes place at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.

“The Youth Ice Hockey Program provides youngsters, ages three to 13, with the opportunity to hone their skating and hockey skills under the guidance of ice hockey coaches,” Councilman Joe Pinto stated. “The highly regarded program has earned it recognition by the NHL, which has partnered with the Town to promote hockey programming and youth enrichment through its ‘Hockey is For Everyone’ initiative.”


Calendar

Junior Varsity Football At Baldwin High School

Saturday, September 27

Girls Varsity Tennis At Malverne High School

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Varsity Volleyball Versus Massapequa High School

Wednesday, October 1



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