Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
Catherine Nolan Dillon, 91, passed away peacefully on Flag Day, Friday, June 14—a very fitting date for a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
A lifelong resident of Long Island, Catherine was born to Jim and Agnes Daly Nolan in 1922. Over the next 11 years, she welcomed her best friends and younger sisters Mary (Fagan), Eileen (Gormley) and Patricia. Catherine was a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School and Grace Institute in New York City.
In July 1943, she joined the U.S. Navy WAVES. Stationed in Washington, D.C., Catherine worked as a cryptographer in the office of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and attended George Washington University, receiving her A.A. degree in October 1945. She reached the rank of Yeoman 1st Class, receiving the American Theater and American Victory Medals. Despite her hectic schedule, she travelled home to her family at every opportunity. (Manhasset Press readers may recall reading the account of her trip home for Christmas 1944 in her 2011 front page article).
In 1946, she was honorably discharged from the Navy and returned home to continue her studies, earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Columbia University. In 1947, she began her teaching career in the NYC public school system. She married Thomas Dillon in 1951, and over the next 10 years, they became the parents of Anne (“Nancy”) Alexander (Vincent), Catherine, Liza, James (Randi), and Margaret (“Mugsie”) Mauro (Frank). In 1973, the family moved to Manhasset, where Catherine became an active member of St. Mary’s Parish and the Manhasset community. She remained a member of Manhasset’s American Legion Post 304 until her death.
Her home was a frequent gathering place for her extended family and friends. Sunday dinners for 20 or more were a common occurrence. She hosted the Hillcrest Avenue Christmas Party for more than 25 years, an annual St. Patrick’s Day party (featuring a spirited sing-along—complete with bagpipes, accordion, and banjo), and an annual dinner celebrating the culture of Barbados, home to two of her dearest friends. She frequently combined her clever wit and musical talents, rewriting the lyrics of a popular song to salute the guest of honor at many a special occasion. All involved were entertained as a roomful of people belted out her personalized (and very funny) parodies.
Longtime supporters of the rights of the unborn, Catherine and Tom put their beliefs into action. For many years, they opened their home to numerous young women in crisis pregnancies with otherwise unacceptable alternatives.
Catherine retired from the classroom in June of 1997. During her almost 50-year career, she taught in NYC public schools, at St. John’s University and at Sacred Heart (Cambria Heights) and St. Bernard’s (Levittown) elementary schools. In her retirement, she gave private piano lessons in her home, continuing to do so until just a few months ago. Many a Manhasset parent will recall her students’ considerable talents, featured at Spring and Christmas recitals every year. Her students brought her much joy, and she actively followed their academic and athletic careers through the pages of the Manhasset Press.
She is survived by her sister, Patricia Nolan, her five children, and her nine grandchildren.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
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.