Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 15 February 2014 00:00
While half of marriages end in divorce today, one East Williston couple has a word of advice to current and future newlyweds: patience. Jim and Barbara Sandquist will be married for 64 years on Oct. 7 and will renew their vows on Valentine’s Day at Harbor Links in Port Washington, along with 90 other couples.
“You have to be forgiving,” Jim said. “You need to understand your partner and how they feel.”
Barbara says Jim is the one to not lose his temper, which keeps both of them in check during trying times.
“He’s very level,” she said. “We both have to have patience. It was hard at times, like with the holidays, especially when he was working.”
The two met at a dance in Lost Battalion Hall in Rego Park in 1948, just after World War II. Barbara, living in Hollis at the time, was out with her friends when Jim, of Corona, with his buddies in tow, noticed his wife-to-be.
“He kept bumping into me all night when he was dancing with some girl that looked like Joe DiMaggio,” said Barbara. “There were three of us."
Jim, true to his generous nature, offered Barbara a ride home.
“I knew right away that she was the one,” Jim stated.
The one condition? Her friends had to come with her.
“I wouldn’t leave without them,” Barbara said with a laugh. “He insisted that I sit in the front seat.”
They were married in Hollis, Queens at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church and honeymooned in Hollywood, Fla. But their biggest treks was across country twice with their children.
“From the petrified forest, to Yellowstone, all over,” Jim said. “That helped us a lot, being around each other.”
The two have cruised up the coast of Norway and floated down the Nile River. Traveling is in their blood, Barbara says.
Jim and Barbara lived in Queens before moving to Franklin Square in 1955 and then East Williston in Wheatley House in 1993.
Jim, 91, is a retired FDNY firefighter and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for various insurance companies including Aetna and Cigna after leaving Hook and Ladder 22 in 1969.
Barbara worked for the Nassau County Supreme Court under numerous judges, including Joe Suozzi, father of former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi. She also worked for various lawyers and served as district clerk for the Franklin Square School District. Barbara retired in 1993.
She was also a fierce volunteer.
“I called it a hobby,” she said. “I volunteered at Democratic headquarters back then.”
Town Clerk Wayne Wink will help facilitate the vow renewal on Valentine’s Day.
“For many couples, this ceremony gives them time to reflect on their relationship and how they arrived here,” Wink said. “I’m married 11 years and I can only imagine how [the Sandquists] have gotten here.”
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Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00
A few months ago, while returning to my car after attending a wake, I was surprised to catch a glimpse of something that immediately brought me back to my elementary school days. Directly in front of me stood a portion of the original concrete wall that had surrounded my alma mater.
In 1922, Corpus Christi Church purchased the Robert Graves estate on Searing Avenue and transformed its building into a parish school. It was a beautiful structure of Spanish-style architecture surrounded by the concrete wall, sporting huge ornate iron gates.
Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner last week stood fast against paying an “excessive” water bill from neighboring village and supplier Williston Park, following a loss in a second round of legal battles.
Tanner said Williston Park sent East Williston a bill for $600,000 last week based on water rate increases East Williston refused to pay while pursuing two lawsuits that contested the rate hikes.
Williston Park is seeking $300,000 in interest and penalties following a recent state Appellate Court decision upholding the second of two water rate increases imposed on East Williston. Tanner said East
Williston will only pay approximately $250,000 of the $300,000 Williston Park seeking to recover in unpaid fees based on the two increases.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Mineola runners PJ Diskin, Kaitlin Phelps, and Yuri Karasz were award winners in the Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
The Mineola 9U Hurricanes recently completed its summer baseball season as the NJBL 9U Central Division Champions, finishing 10-2-1 on the year and secured a second place spot entering the playoffs.
The Hurricanes beat the North Shore Spartans for the fourth time this season in a playoff win in walk-off fashion as they came from behind to win 4-3 earning the Hurricanes a berth into the championship series.