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Obituary: Florence W. Schuler

Florence W. Schuler was born on July 16, 1921 and died on May 16, 2014. Her parents were Al and Elizabeth Westee. She was born in New York City and resided in Mineola for most of her life.  She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Walter C. Schuler and her sister, June Enzel.

She is survived by her two brothers, Al Westee and Donald Westee. She is also survived by her two sons, Richard Schuler of Jupiter, FL and William Schuler (Madeline) of Mineola.

Her surviving grandchildren are, Allison Liebnitzky (Jason), Michael Schuler and Eric Schuler. Her great-grandchildren are Ella, Kylee, and Connor Liebnitzky. Florence was active in the local Lions Club in North Palm Beach and used to like to sing out the kitchen window. She was a loving, caring person who always put the needs and feelings of other above her own. She had a gift for making people feel good about themselves and was always there with a loving gesture, a compliment or encouragement.

As a young woman she was a talented musician and played the violin. She finished second place in the 1936 New York World’s Fair beauty contest where her talent for the violin was on display. She was, above all, a wonderful wife and mother who would truly rather light a candle than curse the darkness.

There will be no services at her request. The family would like to thank Beverly McLawrence, her caregiver of recent years for her kindness. Florence would prefer that each of her friends do an unexpected kindness for someone in her memory or send a donation to hospice.

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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