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Obituary: Edward Charles Albert

Edward Charles Albert, 77, of Keene, NH passed away unexpectedly at his home on June 15. Albert was born Nov. 26, 1935 in Brookline MA. He attended Michael Driscoll School followed by Brookline High School where he graduated from in 1954. Albert attended University of Connecticut at Storrs Campus and received his Bachelor’s degree in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army starting in 1959 and was a First Lieutenant Transportation Corps when he was discharged in 1966.  

Albert re-located to Long Island in 1962 and taught social studies at Hicksville High School.  He married Barbara Kozakiewicz in 1964. Albert received his Master’s degree from UConn in 1970.

In 1973, he and his wife Barbara purchased the family summer home in Stoddard, NH.  Since they were both schoolteachers, the whole family spent the summer in Stoddard each year. Albert retired from teaching in 1990 and in 1996 moved to Keene, NH.

In Keene, NH, Albert was known from his involvement in democratic politics. From school board to city to state to national elections, Albert was known to be involved with campaigns.  His involvement with the Cheshire County Democrats will not be forgotten from the Friday Lunch Group he created for fundraising and idea sharing to his activity as the “ticket agent” for local Democratic events.  Cheshire County Democrats presented Albert with awards of recognition multiple times.  

Albert was pre-deceased by his sister Eunice Cauper and his wife Barbara Albert.  Survivors include his children Alicia O’Peirce and her husband Kevin of Honolulu HI, Ben Albert of Stoddard NH, second wife Rita Albert of Roslyn, and companion Barbara Kono of Brattleboro, VT.

An open house was held in Keene on June 23, to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cheshire Democrats for a scholarship in Albert’s name. The Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene, NH assisted the family with arrangements.

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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