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Obituary: John J. Bennett

John J. Bennett, 79, of Westhampton Beach, NY, passed away on Feb. 11. Bennett was the beloved husband of the late Hannah (Joan) and loving father of Sean Bennett. A Navy veteran and 30-year resident of Floral Park. Bennett worked at Consolidated Edison for 42 years and enjoyed fishing and old Western movies. In addition to his son, Sean, Bennett is survived by his daughter-in-law, Constance; his grandchildren, Harrison and Georgia; his sister, Mary and his brothers Arthur and William. He is predeceased by his brother, Thomas. Visitation was held on Feb. 14 at Follett & Werner Funeral Home in Westhampton Beach. Funeral mass was held on Feb. 15 at The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Westhampton Beach. Internment was held at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cutchogue.

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

Women’s Club Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, April 17

Blood Drive

Friday, April 18



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