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Honoring The Suozzi Family

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.

“This courtroom as you see it today was brought back to its original condition,” he said.

Several local elected officials spoke; Delia DeRiggi-Whitton expressed her thanks to Joe and Marge Suozzi for all they have done to the community and Charles Lavine’s office presented a citation.

Rosemary Suozzi Lloyd, daughter of Marge and Joe, gave a speech. “The histories and stories of the people of  the North Shore will be told for generations,” she said. “Today there are four generations from the Suozzi and Holmes lines that are joining and celebrating this endeavor that will be long associated with the people whose names will echo with the stories of their inspiring lives of service and love.”

The decision to rename the building came from the museum’s naming committee, as both Marge and Joe have devoted a significant part of their lives to the betterment of the North Shore. Prior to the unveiling of the plaque with the new name, a video presentation played, with photos and biographies of each of the honorees.

The Honorable Joseph A. Suozzi was born in Italy and has lived out the American dream of achievement and public service. He attended St. Patrick’s School in Glen Cove and St. Dominic’s High School in Oyster Bay. After majoring in education at Fordham University, he enlisted in the Air Force. As a navigator on a B-24 plane in World War II, he flew 35 missions, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters. After the war, he attended Harvard Law School on the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1948. He became the law partner of Mayor Luke Mercadante and, in 1949, at the age of 28, he was elected as a Judge of the City Court of Glen Cove, the youngest judge ever elected in New York State. He was elected for two terms as Mayor of Glen Cove, and to two 14-year terms as Justice of the New York State Supreme Court. During his second term, he was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division. He eventually became a senior partner in the law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein.

Marguerite Holmes Suozzi was born in Queens. She studied nursing at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica and worked as an operating room nurse at Glen Cove Community Hospital after her family moved to Sea Cliff. She met her future husband on the eve of his installation as City Court Judge and they were married four years later. They are the parents of five children, 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her duties as a wife, daughter, daughter-in-law and mother, she has been an avid devotee and supporter of the political campaigns of her husband and her son, Tom, who served four terms as Glen Cove Mayor and two terms as Nassau County Executive. An enthusiastic gardener and champion golfer, she has also been active in the AARP, Girl Scouts, St. Patrick’s R.C. Church and most notably, the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival. She has chaired this popular event for more 50 years. Working with a committee of local volunteer residents, Marge has presented programs ranging from opera,ballet and Broadway musicals to swing, jazz and military bands.

“They are living histories of what is possible for our city and for our country when we welcome the stranger and say, ‘you are free here, this land is your land.’ Because of institutions like the North Shore Historical Museum, we will not forget that we are a community, city and country of immigrants like Marge and Joe,” said Lloyd. “They contributed so much to make this place our home.”

News

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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