Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00
Grace, distinguished foreign language teacher of forty years and avid traveler and volunteer, was cherished for her absolute love, selfless giving, attention to detail, and devotion to her family.
“Grace went to be with the Lord on August 15, 2013, as a result of a long battle with Ovarian Cancer,” said Matthew A. Falcone, her husband of almost 50 years.
Her daughter Denise recalls, “Mom was a light that made everyone smile because of her selfless, fun-giving nature. She was family focused and was the glue that held us all together.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Grace graduated Fontbonne Hall Academy School and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Fordham University. She later earned her Master of Science and Educational Administration Degrees from Long Island University. She excelled academically and was awarded a scholarship to The University Savoie, Nice, France.
After more than four decades in the classroom, Grace retired from Babylon Jr./Sr. High School in 2002. She loved teaching and she loved her students, and they freely expressed their indebtedness for the contributions she had made to their academic and personal development. The same qualities that made Grace a skilled and effective teacher deeply enriched her relationship as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, mother-in-law and friend. Her ability to listen and really understand, her patience, her thoughtfulness and compassion, her generosity of time, her spirit, and her articulate and straightforward way of talking through a question, idea, or challenge earned admiration, appreciation, and trust. Grace took great joy in the pleasures of life: her family, friends, cooking, travelling, volunteering and shopping. She contributed and donated her time and talents to many groups and organizations, including the Church of Saint Mary Rosary Society, American Association of University Women, Manhasset Community Club, Inc., Plandome Women’s Club, The Guild of Saint Francis Hospital, Manhasset Women’s Coalition, Girl Scout Troop Leader and North Hempstead Country Club.
She was predeceased by her parents Victor and Antonetta Creatore of Brooklyn, New York.
She is lovingly survived by her husband Matthew, daughter Denise, granddaughter Lauren, her brother Nicholas, and sister-in-law, Mary Lou, her nephew Nicholas Jr., her niece Suzanne, future son-in-law Vincent along with his children Isabella, Nicole and Anthony.
A mass of Christian Burial was held on August 19th, 2013 at Saint Mary’s Church, Manhasset, N.Y., followed by a burial at Pinelawn Memorial Park and Gardens, Farmingdale, N.Y.
Many will miss her.
(In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Manhasset Women’s Coalition, P.O. Box 1007, Manhasset, NY 11030. 516-627-2410).
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
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.”
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.
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.