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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

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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