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Obituary: Angelo Bona

Angelo Bona, formerly of Floral Park, died at 85 on May 3, 2012, in West Palm Beach, FL. A WWII veteran, Angelo lived and worked in Floral Park as well as in the surrounding areas for over 50 years. Although a painting contractor by trade, he enrolled in art classes at the Art Students League in Manhattan and his hard work and talent earned him a two-year scholarship.

He left the house painting business to pursue his personal expression in fine art. Angelo’s building on Tulip Avenue, Floral Park, which once headquartered the house painting business, became a private art studio in which he pursued and developed his passion. Local residents would often see his latest sculptures displayed in front of the studio: Angelo’s large and unique abstract art pieces were known as somewhat of a landmark throughout Floral Park.

As a highly sought-after sculptor, Angelo was commissioned to sculpt dozens of portraits, most notably, a bronze portrait of New York Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford; a bronze portrait of Francis Purcell, former Nassau County executive; a bas-relief of Thomas S. Gulotta, also a former Nassau County executive; a bronze portrait of his mentor and former teacher, V.K. Jonynas.

For a decade, the award-winning artist taught sculpture class at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor. Angelo loved sharing his excitement for art through public exhibits, workshops and demonstrations at local libraries and at universities. He appeared on public television to demonstrate the process of creating a sculpture and was interviewed in print and on radio.

Angelo’s works of art reside in private collections throughout the United States and in Europe.

His family will continue to share their father’s art with the public through public exhibits, donations and charitable efforts. Angelo Bona is survived by five children and three grandchildren.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in his name should be sent to: http://www.theart studentsleague.org/Give.aspx.

News

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 

Blakeman and Rice to speak at Chamber Luncheon

On Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its season kick-off luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Congress in New York’s  Fourth Congressional District. Bruce A. Blakeman (R), Conservative and Independence nominee and Kathleen Rice (D), Nassau County District Attorney, will speak separately expressing their respective views on the future of the district and impact upon its business community. This is not to be a debate.


Sports

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18

Locals run for themselves

and a cause in triathalon

At 6 a.m on a blustery Saturday morning, 1600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay Triathlon and Tri-Relay Race. The participants were drawn from a wide age range. They came from all over Long Island and upstate New York, a few were from out of state, and in some cases, had disabilities. But they all came with one goal in mind — to finish.

Jeffrey Hussey, a 28-year-old Garden City resident, has done this race three times and this was his fifth triathlon this summer.


Calendar

9/11 Memorial Program

Thursday, September 11

Zing Went The Strings

Friday, September 19

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, September 15



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