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Obituary: Olympia Gianelli

Olympia “Vicki” Gianelli, 92, formerly of Locust Valley and Garden City, died on Dec 9, 2011. Born in Bronx, NY, she was raised in Sea Cliff. She graduated with a B.A. from Adelphi College in 1940. She married Alfred Gianelli, who predeceased her in 1986, and they raised four daughters in Garden City. Olympia had a long career in education and taught kindergarten at Portledge School in Locust Valley for 20 years. She “retired” to Montclair, NJ, and became director of the Watchung Cooperative Preschool in Montclair. She went on to supervise student teachers at Montclair State University and tutor at Northeast Elementary School, also in Montclair. She is survived by her four daughters, Beatrice Gianelli, Barbara Ritter, Diane Roehm and Deborah Gianelli; her grandchildren, Scott and Geoffrey Roehm and Ashley and Andrea Ritter; her sisters, Helen Benson and Olga Stillman, and her brothers, Jerome and Joseph Vittoria. Her sister, Marie Young, predeceased her in 1998.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 14 in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Monclair. Repast immediately followed the service. www.uumontclair.org or 973-744-6276.

 

News

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Calendar

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Friday, October 17

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