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Obituary: J. Fred Sparke

(Editor’s note: This obituary was submitted by the Island Trees School District in response to Susan Reckling’s request for more information about J. Fred Sparke, which printed in the Friday, Sept. 6 edition of the Levittown Tribune. This obituary was written on May 10, 1955 by the Island Trees School District Clerk.) 

 

J. Fred Sparke, treasurer of school district #26 in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, New York, for the past 43 years, passed away last night. 

 

Mr. Sparke started as a collector of taxes for the school district in 1912. This position was changed to treasurer when the county started to collect taxes for the school districts in 1915. 

 

He was a son of Henry Sparke, one of the founders of the school district, which was created on September 20, 1902. He was a member of the Nassau County Farm Bureau since 1918 and a committeeman for the Nassau County Farm Bureau for over 20 years. 

 

The Sparke family has been located in this area for over 200 years. Mr. Sparke is survived by his wife, the former Helen Graham; a daughter, Helen; and two sins, Edgar and William; also four grandchildren. 

 

Services are to be held on Wednesday, May 11, 1955 at 8:00 a.m. at Schmitt’s Funeral Home, Merrick Road, Seaford. Interment at St. John of Jerusalem Cemetery, Wantagh Avenue on Thursday, May 12, 1955 at 10:00 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

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