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Obituary: Mary Etta Martin

Mary Etta (Meb Gleckler) Martin, the wife of Charles P. Martin and resident of Trumbull, CT died on July 13, 2012 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Born in Mineola, New York on January 6, 1931, the daughter of Harry and Margaret (Dolliver) Gleckler, she is survived by her husband and their seven children and their spouses: Cathleen and Vincent Prespentt of Farmington, New Mexico; Chuck and Julie of Waterford, Connecticut; Maureen and Tony Riggsbee of Youngsville, North Carolina; Tim and Maria of Plano, Texas; Theresa and Pete O’Callaghan of South Glastonbury, Connecticut; Pat of Seymour, Connecticut and Michael and Sharon of Seymour, Connecticut. She was the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Margaret (Gleckler) Brose of Bellarie Bluffs, Florida; her brother Calvin Gleckler of Old Bethpage, New York, her brother-in-law James Martin and his wife Jacqueline of Pompano Beach, Florida; her sister-in-law Loretta Gleckler of Bayshore, New York, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by both of her parents and her brother Harry Gleckler.

Mary graduated with Charles from Hicksville High in 1948 and from Mary Immaculate Hospital School of Nursing, Jamaica, New York in 1951. She was a member of the varsity basketball team of both schools. Mary married Charles in Saint Ignatius Church in Hicksville in 1952. As a registered nurse in the State of New York she practiced nursing in several Nassau County hospitals until moving to Trumbull in early 1961. She was a loving wife and mother dedicated to her family. She loved to read, knit, walk, and garden. She traveled widely both domestically and internationally. Mary was the first president of the Saint Catherine of Siena Home School Association. She was elected and served as president of the Parish Woman’s Guild for the years 1969 and 1970. She has been an active member of the Parish since 1961. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 190 Shelton Rd., Trumbull, CT. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Nichols Village Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine of Siena Church. For online condolences please visit mullinsfh.com

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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