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Obituary: Bruce Allen Balton

New Hyde Park Memorial High School graduate Bruce Allen Balton, 56, of Milford, PA, died unexpectedly at his home on Oct. 4. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and best friend to all of us.

Balton was born May 17, 1957 in Queens to the late Albert and Theresa Malin Balton. He lived in Brooklyn and then New Hyde Park.

Balton married Terry Elizabeth Kenneally Balton 27 years ago on July 19, 1986. They moved to Dingman Township 25 years ago, recently rebuilding their home that was lost to a fire two years ago. They had two children, Ryan Shawn, 24 and Dustin Patrick, 22.

Balton briefly attended the New York Institute of Technology and began working as a freelance camera motion and lighting technician in the film and television industry. He worked on thousands of television shows and films around the world.

Balton won an Emmy Award in 1993 as a camera crane operator on the HBO Boxing show, In This Corner and received Emmy nominations as a camera jib operator on the Grammy Awards in 2003 and the Tony Awards in 2009.

Balton was a former member of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the International Cinematographers Guild – International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 600 and the National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians (NABET).

In addition to his wife and two children, Balton is survived by brothers Christopher, Michael and Robert; sister Lori; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations for a bench or streetlight to be installed in Milford in memory of Balton and his parents who were residents of Milford Borough. Donations may be made payable to the 501(c) 3 non-profit “Milford Enhancement Committee” and sent to The Baltons, PO Box 68, Milford, PA 18337.

News

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.”

The Village of New Hyde Park will soon hear Manhattan businessman Sam Chan’s proposal to open a 84-seat hibachi-style restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall. The hearing is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

“The board will be hearing the case for restaurant usage,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “This will also have to go before the zoning board. They will likely hear the case.”


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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