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Obituary: Agnes Hotzler Dichiara

Born: July 24, 1932 Died: Feb. 8, 2014

Agnes DiChiara, long-term former resident of Garden City, passed away from complications after heart surgery this past Saturday.

While living in Garden City she was a very active community member, serving on the boards of Welcome Wagon, the Children’s Medical Fund of New York, as well as their Garden City chapter, and as the first two-term president of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce. She was a truly exceptional person and motivating force in the Garden City community.

After the passing of her husband of more than 50 years, Tony, she worked many years for Roslyn Savings Bank on 7th Street in Garden City, and only retired last year at the age of 80.

She is survived by three children, Michele DiChiara of Mineola, Jodi Richard of Breezy Point, and Ernest DiChiara of Ronkonkoma, along with their spouses, and one grandson, Frankie. Agnes also leaves behind three siblings, Charlotte Delloiacono of Garden City, Loretta Lapajenko of Watertown, Wis., and Russell Hotzler, also of Garden City, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.

Agnes was loved by all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.

News

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

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.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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