Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 07 February 2014 00:00
While half of marriages end in divorce today, one New Hyde Park couple has a word of advice to current and future newlyweds: patience. Sal and Frances Chiusano will be married for 56 years on June 7 and for the fourth consecutive time, will renew their vows on Valentine’s Day at Harbor Links in Port Washington.
“Have patience and respect one another,” said Frances. “Don’t be hasty. Work things out and stick it out. This vow renewal is a happy occasion. Everyone there is happy and willing to do it.”
Frances, 84, met Sal, 90, on a blind date set up his sister and her mother. Frances was so nervous, she brought a friend with her to the date with Sal at a night club in Jackson Heights.
Fast forward 18 months and they were married in Maspeth, Queens. They lived in Elmhurst before moving to New Hyde Park in 1981. They have two children and one grandchild.
“If I wanted to walk out of the date, I could,” she said with a laugh. “I had my escape all set.”
Sal worked in a machine shop in Brooklyn; he’s still with the Local 3 metal workers union. Frances, 90, worked as a bookkeeper, but became a school aide at PS 14 in Corona, Queens.
While Sal is a former machinist, he has an artistic side to his strong exterior. He paints still-lifes and builds art from leftover scrap laying around as well as woodworking.
“I went after her and she’s accepted me so far,” Sal joked. “Artwork is a lot of fun,” he said. “I was just messing around it just stuck.”
Frances’ favorite thing about Sal? His kindness. Sal’s top quality in his wife is her independence.
“He’s very compassionate,” she said. “He helps around.” Sal interjected, “you never told me that,” smirking. “There was many a times, when she’s cooking or whatever, and I always ask and it’s always no. She wants to do things on her own.”
Town Clerk Wayne Wink will help facilitate the vow renewal on Valentine’s Day. He’s taken the advice from families like the
“It’s such an uplifting ceremony,” he said. “I can tell you personally, for someone who has been married 11 years, there are days I need all the advice I can get on how to make it to 12 years.”
Wink feels the vow renewals highlight the stable nature that marriage can be, even though the trend today may be converse to lengthy bonds.
“These couples are a testaments to the fact that if you put your mind to it, be able to compromise that you can really achieve anything, including being married such a long time,” Wink said. “What makes the Chiusano’s unique is they’ve been together so long and have made it work.”
The Chiusano’s children live in Pittsburgh and Florida, which they routinely visit. They also travel to Pennsylvania with local New Hyde Park senior groups, like the Knights of Columbus.
“We’re all in the same group,” she said. “We stick together.”
The vow renewals will be on Friday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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The Village of New Hyde Park held off on its decision regarding the possible reopening of the Angry Gnome Pub. New Hyde Park resident John Murnane is looking to reestablish the bar and its two upstairs apartments at 1217 Jericho Tpke.
The pub was devastated because of Hurricane Sandy two years ago. According to village officials, tenants were using “alternative means of heat and air conditioning” which caused a fire in October 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.
“It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Murnane. “It’s been a fixture in New Hyde Park for a long time.”
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Five New Hyde Park Memorial High School students won $5,000 cash and will share a $10,000 college scholarship after winning Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge on April 9 to conceive the best business plan to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum.
Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make.
Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more.
“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”
For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field.
Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice.
Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball.