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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

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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