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Obituary: Tom Catalano, 54

The New Hyde Park community, as well as music students and teachers across Long Island, lost a prominent businessman and a cherished friend. Thomas Catalano Jr., general manager of Catalano Music, passed away at the age of 54 after a valiant battle with cancer on Feb. 14. 

 

Tom worked as the general manger of his father’s music store, Catalano Music, for 32 years.  Despite his diagnosis of multiple myeloma in February of 2013, and the aggressive nature of his disease, he continued to work until August 2013.

 

Tom was a gifted musician, who first learned guitar at the age of 16, and then continued his passion for guitar and music for the rest of his life. He arranged a Christmas book that was published, and even though it has been out of print for some time, some guitarists have used his arrangements as recently as this year. 

 

Throughout the course of his illness, Tom remained positive and tried to live his life to the fullest. In addition to being a wonderful son to Marjory and Thomas Sr, and brother to Karen and Joseph, he was a loving husband to his wife of 32 years, Peggy and an adoring father to sons Michael and Christopher, and daughter, Patricia. He was a dedicated family man who spent countless hours with his sons in Boy Scouts, and attended all of his daughter’s concerts and inspired her to follow in his musical footsteps. Patricia loves playing the flute, and thanks to her Dad, is pursuing her dreams as performer.

 

Tom will be dearly missed. Rest in peace.


News

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV- D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The disease disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 22

International Night - October 23

Halloween Dance - October 24


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