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Obituary: Lillian Stecher

Stecher, Lillian (Ehrlich), 86, passed away in her sleep on March 2, after a long fight with cancer. Proud to be a New Yorker, she was the dedicated wife of the late Harry Stecher and amazing mother of son Allen Stecher and wife Arlene and daughter Debra (Stecher) McKosky and husband Robert. “Grandma Daisy”, as she was known by many, a reference to her alter ego of Daisy the Clown, was proud of learning how to juggle as she frequently uplifted the spirits of hospitalized children. Lillian was the cherished Bubbe to granddaughter Meriah Anne McKosky and grandson Jacob Harrison McKosky and wife Virginia. Aunt Lillian loved her nephews Paul Zam and godson Robert Zam and partner Mary Grover.  Lillian was partner in crime with her late sister Jeanette. She loved playing a vital role for 38 years at Hofstra University where she became the editor of the bulletin. Very active in her community, Lillian served for many years with honor and dedication as president of her condo association. A voracious reader, talented gardener and formidable Scrabble opponent, Lillian had an incredibly contagious sense of humor with a one of a kind personality. Anyone who knew her observed her energy and her love of life. A celebration of Lillian’s life was held at New Montefiore Cemetery, West Babylon, on March 10 at 11:30 a.m. 


News

Nassau County drivers are up in arms due to the recent implementation of school zone speed cameras, which have issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents beef with the county’s speed cameras stems from the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.

 

Director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Chris Mistron said that while some residents were taken by surprise, summer school hours are still considered a violation period. 

One local mom was concerned about her shy daughter’s first acting class at the newly opened Neighborhood Entertainment Arts and Theatre (NEAT) at 166 Center Lane in Levittown; but after her daughter’s lesson with Theatre Director Watson Miller, she was surprised to hear her daughter broke out of her shell, singing not one, but two songs for the class. 

 

“My husband has a very special gift with kids,” Koula Miller said. “He brings out the best in them.” 


Sports

Golfer Annie Park, 19, of Levittown came close at the U.S. Women’s Amateur tourney, but missed the cut, finishing at 149, 9 strokes over par and just one stroke away from the match-play cut-off. 

 

“I couldn’t make any putts, so then I had more pressure into my shots to get it closer,” Park said, “but obviously that’s not going to work.”

It might not be what you think of as a traditional sport, but at Eisenhower Park people are doing flips in the air and dangling from harnesses, training at I.FLY, a recreational flying trapeze and circus arts program.

 

Anna Marie Cagnazzi is a fairly new convert. “I love the freedom that I feel and the sense of accomplishment that I get,” Cagnazzi said. “Everyone always cheers, and I feel so good about myself. You don’t get to feel that in your everyday life.”

 

Over a year ago the 30-year-old Bethpage resident had no idea that a regular person could trapeze recreationally. Then a co-worker suggested they try a I.FLY class together. 


Calendar

BOE Meeting - August 13

Job Fair - August 13

Liverpool Shuffle - August 14 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com