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Obituary: Kathleen Springer

Stewart Manor resident Kathleen Springer, a beloved teacher at Hillside Grade School in New Hyde Park for 39 years (previously Kathleen Alexander) who grew up in neighboring Garden City, died on Friday, Aug. 8 after a 6-year valiant and tireless battle against ovarian cancer. She is predeceased by her parents, George Thomas Springer and Mary Gloria Logan Springer, and her older brother, George Thomas Jr. She is survived by William (Pamela) Springer and their children, Alexandra and Christopher of Rye, NY, Ken Springer and his children, Michael (Stephanie Loftus), Kenneth (Jennifer Logan), Thomas Springer, all of Ridgewood, NJ and William (Forest Kettler) of Washington D.C., Marianne (Joseph Judge) and their children Kathleen, all of Virginia Beach, and Mary, of Arlington, Virginia, Carole and her daughters, Lauren and Annadora of Arlington, MA, Jeanine of Floral Park, and Patrick (Sunny) Springer and their children, Hana, Logan, and Patrick of Ridgewood, NJ. Loving grand aunt to August, Eleanor, Paloma, and Lucille Springer of Ridgewood and dozens of cousins. She was well loved and had many friends including her close friend, Lyn Beck of Franklin Square who was one of her primary caretakers.

Kathy was the oldest of seven children and cared for her brothers and sisters and their children with never-ending energy and love. Helping others was her primary mission in life and she would always make time to help neighbors, friends, family, and even complete strangers. She was very generous and loved bringing a smile to someone’s face or help a person in need. Throughout her six year battle with cancer, she never complained about the disease or her pain – instead commenting that she was thankful that the cancer caused her to slow down, smell the flowers and spend more time with her family and friends whom she loved so deeply. She was a proud member of St. Anne’s Parish for most of her life and was religious education teacher for many years. She was an active member of many social ministries at St. Anne’s, brought Communion to homebound parishioners, and was on call to help others in need.

A funeral Mass was held on Aug. 16 at St. Anne’s Church in Garden City. The family was cared for by Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Floral Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to: the St. Anne’s Social Ministry Fund or foundationforwomenscancer.org

News

Shake Shack, a burger restaurant giant which launched in New York City, is looking to establish its second Long Island location in New Hyde Park, reps told the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. The company opened its first Long Island spot in Westbury in November 2012.

 

“We’ve received such a warm welcome in Westbury,” said Edwin Bragg, Shake Shack’s marketing director. “We’ve had a lot of interest from Shake Shack fans in the many nearby villages and towns.” 

 

According to Bragg, the company makes an effort to ensure each new location is tailored to the community, taking “great care to build each Shack with custom architectural design, including forward-thinking structural elements and compelling eco-friendly design.” 

Twenty-three-year-old Victoria Inguanta of New Hyde Park has a unique approach to her artwork. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School and Marymount College graduate takes the human body and combines figurative and abstract work using just a pencil and her canvas.

 

“For instance I’ll take a classical rendering of a face and bring out a modern aspect of the art using lines and space in my composition,” said Inguanta. “To me, the combining of the two is a lot of fun.”


Sports

Tara Notrica is your typical 49-year-old mother of two. Along with her husband Barry, she is kept busy by her 14-year-old son Jared and 10-year-old daughter Samantha. One more thing: she has been battling Mast Cell disease in addition to other autoimmune diseases for the past eight years. Josh York, the CEO and founder of GYMGUYZ, an in-home personal training company, has been working closely with Notrica to help her cope with her disease.

 

“GYMGUYZ is all about the three C’s: convenient, creative and customizable workouts,” said York. “We come to the setting of your choice from homes, offices, churches, and bring our fully loaded van, which has 365 pieces of equipment,” he continued.

Nassau County Police Activity League Special Needs Unit hosted the recent Special Olympics New York Basketball Tournament held at Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center home of Nassau County PAL (NCPAL). Thirteen basketball teams, each with up to ten players, participated in the games. NCPAL-

Special Needs Unit Knights; NCPAL New Hyde Park Knights; SCO Owls; Commack Sharks; Long Island Lions: ACDS Thunderbolts, AHRC Starz and for the first time the Oakville Skywalkers, a Canadian team, competed on the court to demonstrate their skill and spirit of sportsmanship. After the games gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbons were awarded to each of the players.


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