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Obituary: Ann Louise Stokes

Ann Louise Stokes died peacefully of natural causes in Livingston, NJ, on Feb. 26, 2012. She was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 20, 1926. Ann was a long time resident of Manhasset and was an active and lifelong member of the town’s Congregational Church. She was also a member of the Plandome Women’s Club and of the Great Neck Teachers Association. Ann traveled extensively touring China, Africa, South America and extensively throughout Europe. She enjoyed reading, golf, sailing and boating.

Ann was a great supporter of the arts. For many years Ann had a subscription to the Metropolitan Opera, loved attending Broadway shows and the ballet. She was editor of The Spire and the the Great Neck Teachers Association newsletters.

Ann graduated from Adelphi College. Ann was passionate about education earning credits the equivalent of a Ph.D. from Columbia University School of Education. Ann taught in Malverne for three years and at Great Neck North Middle School for over 39 years. At both schools she enriched the lives of young people by sharing her love of literature, writing and music. During that time she was active with the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education.

Ann was a fairy godmother to her niece Lee Ann Winthrop Cicionne and nephew Douglas Winthrop and to the children of her cousins and of their children’s children, all 31! She shared her love of the arts with them. She took them to plays, to the opera, museums, on trips and gave them her time and lavish gifts. She especially enjoyed driving all of them around in her cherry red convertible and taking them sailing on Long Island Sound and Gardeners Bay. Ann was a generous spirit.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the music program of the Manhasset Community Congregational Church, which was one of Ann’s many passions. Services will be held at the Manhasset Community Congregational Church Sunday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m.


Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 


“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 


“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

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