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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 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. 


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