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Obituary: Helen E. Kruger

Helen E. Kruger, of Greenport, NY, and originally of Floral Park, passed away on March 3, 2012. She was 94 years old and a resident of Peconic Landing retirement community for nearly 10 years. Prior to living in Greenport, Helen lived in Mattituck, NY, and was an active member of the Episcopal Church due to her appreciation of Father Jim, but Helen was a practicing Quaker most of her life.

Helen was a fiercely independent woman during a time when it was not popular to be so and remained so until her last day. As a 1938 graduate of Alfred University and Columbia University Teachers College, she was both an accomplished artist and dedicated art teacher at Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park for 33 years. Helen’s ceramic pieces have been displayed in New York, Philadelphia, upstate New York and across Long Island. One of her sculptures was recently accepted into the alumni art collection at Alfred. In addition to her artwork, Helen was known for her volunteer and philanthropic work with numerous organizations on the east end of Long Island.

Never having married, Helen made her own family from dear friends and relations. We will remember her for her strength of character, creative talents and generosity of spirit.  Donations may be made to Heifer International in Helen’s name.

News

On March 29, women were invited to attend the second annual Women’s Symposium, Education to Entertainment: A Morning of Learning, Listening and Laughter, sponsored by the Floral Park Lions Club in collaboration with District 20k2. Through the generosity of the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Floral Park Memorial High School principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile and staff, the school hosted the event for the second year.

Women’s positions and responsibilities are constantly changing and there is an ongoing necessity to provide women with a forum by which to address these and other demands. The symposium concentrated on many current issues in 16 diversified and enlightening workshops.

The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.

The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).

“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.


Calendar

Floral Park Little League Parade and Baseball Fest 2014

Saturday, April 26

Craft Fair and Flea Market

Saturday, April 26

Floral Park Fire Department Open House

Sunday, April 27



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