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Obituary: James S. Adams

James (Jim) S. Adams of Rye, NH and Jupiter, FL, formerly of Glen Cove, passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Jim was loved dearly by his family and many friends.  

 

Born on May 17, 1926, to Soterios and Helen Adams, Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy (Jarvis) Adams, sister Mary Yiannacopoulos, sons and their wives Robert and Allyn, Jim and Christine and John and Mary Lou, and their grandchildren Christopher and his wife Dana, Jim, Bill, Michael, Matthew, Kathleen, Lauren, Ryan and Kelly as well as several nieces and nephews.

 

Jim grew up in Springfield, MA, and attended Technical High School where he was class president. He was a WWII veteran and served in the U.S. Navy as a “Sea-Bee” where he was stationed in the Philippines.  He went on to further serve his country as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve.  After leaving the Navy, Jim attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, graduating in 1949 as both president of his fraternity and his senior class.  Jim remained an ardent supporter of his alma mater and in June of 2004 received the Herbert Taylor Award for Distinguished Service.  The award is given to those who have demonstrated an extraordinary personal commitment and exceptional service to WPI and whose leadership efforts have affected positive change on behalf of the university. 

 

Upon graduation from WPI, Jim worked for AT&T in Cincinnati where he also led a Boy Scout program for disabled boys.  After AT&T he worked for Sperry Gyroscope and then joined the General Instrument Corporation in Hicksville in 1968.  At General Instrument, Jim worked in a variety of positions including vice president and then general manager, until his retirement in 1991.

 

Throughout the years, Jim remained active serving the community as president of The American Friends of the Blind in Greece for over 20 years; as a founder and President of the Robert Constant

Memorial Scholarship fund; and with the Masonic Lodge in Glen Cove. He was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and a member of the local Ahepa chapter. 

 

Jim and Dorothy moved to Rye in 1994 and wintered in Jupiter, FL. They enjoyed many happy years together pursuing their passion of traveling around the world and spending very special times with their family and many dear friends. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Friends of the Blind in Greece, c/o Cambridge Trust, One Harbour Place, Portsmouth, NH 03801 or St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 40 Andrew Jarvis Dr., Portsmouth, NH 03801. 


News

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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