Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:36
February 1, 1910 - October 15, 2013
Notre Dame, IN, Formerly of Manhasset
One of the gifts of being an only child is that I have the privilege of introducing you briefly to the man my Dad, Tony, was. There are few who met him that weren’t touched by his humor, kindness, optimism and fortitude, especially those left to tell his story and carry his spirit: daughter Nancy (Hank) Mascotte; grandchildren Carl Schoeneman of Rancho Mirage, CA and Sara (Gerry) Clark of Maui, HI; great-grandchild Chiarra Clark; sister-in-law Sophie (Walter)Hogan; four nephews: Phillip (Pat) Lorey, Sam (MaryLouise) Lorey, Jim(Paula) Gibb and Walter (Sunny) Hogan; and two nieces: Rose Lorey and Judy (Richie) Hennes.
Dad’s life is a true American story. He was born to Salvatore Loria and Chiara Gerard in San Giovanni Enfiori, Italy, on February 1, 1910. He had one brother, Leonard, and two half-brothers, Joe and Patsy. After his parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1911, his father, a landscaper by trade, died at a young age. Chiara remarried, Domonic Piganelli, and Dad’s family expanded to include six step- and three half-siblings.
At age fifteen, Dad left his home in West Virginia to dance and play drums in vaudeville. This eventually led him to New York with $10 in his pocket. After working many odd jobs, he met and married his beloved, Josephine Ross, on June 22, 1935. He served in the Army Air Corps, completed high school, studied accounting at City College in N. Y. and began a long career with Crockett and Buss, a leading carpet distributor in Manhattan. Dad eventually became President of C & B and was selected as “Man of the Year” in the carpet industry.
In 1994, Dad and Mom sold their home of forty years in Flower Hill, Manhasset, and joined Hank and me in South Bend. After caring for my mother, who died in 1999, Dad eventually made his home at Andre Place at Holy Cross Village. He made many friends among this wonderful community. He developed a special connection with Evelyn Groman and cherished their friendship until her death last year. I was blessed to have had him as my Dad for so many years and I’m so grateful for his quality of life till the very end.
I’m confident the gates of heaven opened wide for Dad on Tuesday, as I know your heart would have if you had had the opportunity to know him.
A Mass celebrating Dad’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in Our Lady of Holy Cross Chapel in Notre Dame, Indiana, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. The Rev. William Neidhart, C.S.C. will be officiating. A lunch, to which all are invited, will follow at Andre Placeouse wi. A private burial will take place later at Cedar Grove, Notre Dame.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dad’s honor to Our Lady of the Road café and drop-in Center of the Catholic Worker House, P.O. Box 4375, South Bend, IN 46624 or the GLBT Resource Center, 1522 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN 46615.
To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com.
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.