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Vow Renewal For Local Couple

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.

News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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