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Obituary: Eugene Dugan

Eugene Joseph Dugan, 91, an active mebmer of the American Legion No. 144 and VFW No. 1688 in Williston Park, passed away on Jan. 24 at his home in Reno, Nev. Dugan was born Aug. 31, 1922 in Flushing, New York to John and Margaret (Rooney) Dugan, immigrants from Ireland.

 

He was the last of 13 children, and was orphaned at the age of 2, and raised by his Aunt Jane Hughes and Aunt Rose Duffy (his mother’s sisters). As a young boy, Dugan was a golf caddy like most of his siblings at Deep Dale Golf Course. During his teenage years, he developed skills and worked on projects in the C.C. Camp in the State of Oregon. 

 

Dugan served in the U. S. Coast Guard during WWII as a combat veteran. He retired from Western Electric Telephone Co. in Manhattan as a supervisor installer after over 40 years of dedicated work.  

 

He enjoyed traveling with his wife, family and friends, and was a wonderful story teller of his family history. He was an active member of the Coast Guard Combat Veteran’s Association.

 

Dugan and his wife Joanna retired to Boynton Beach, Fla.  Eugene moved to Reno three years ago to live with his daughter. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 50 years in 1998, and is survived by his children; Eugene J. Dugan, Jr. and his partner Jay Brause of the U.K., Jeffery J. Dugan, Sr. and his wife Anita of Connecticut, and Donna Hawkins and her husband Frank of Nevada, as well as six grandchildren; Frank, Jeffery, Jr., Thomas, Kelsey, Ryan and Patrick and five great-grandchildren; Frank,

Lillian, Joseph, Lucas and Alexandra.

 

Eugene will be laid to rest with his wife at Rosedale Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, N.J.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Walton Funeral Home, Reno, Nev.


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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