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Obituary: John L. Schaefer, Jr.

John L. Schaefer, Jr. of Bayville died on Sep. 30, 2012, at age 28. Favorite son of John and Susan Schaefer. Beloved brother of Michele. Loving Fiancé of Meghan Mitchell. Cherished grandson of Claire and Jim Jarman. He was born in Queens, on Feb. 20, 1984.

He is also survived by many loving relatives and friends.

John L. Schaefer, Jr. was a devoted and proud Marine who served his country during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was a member of both American Legion Robert H. Spittell Post 1285 and Oyster Bay V.F.W. Post 8033.

Visiting was at the Oyster Bay Funeral Home, on Oct. 2 and 3. The wake was attended by the Marine Corps league. The Patriot Guard Riders (PGR), a motorcycle group with the Marines came. PGR Assistant State Captain Jim McElroy said, “We had been asked by the Leathernecks on behalf of his father, who is also a Marine, and the family, to stand for this brave man who saw things and had to deal with things that most of us can never begin to understand,” he said. LCPL John L. Schaefer, Jr. served honorably in Fallujah, Iraq in the war on terror and served his country proudly, he added.

Three local fire companies, Locust Valley, Oyster Bay and Bayville attended and raised two flags in his honor. There was a long line of mourners waiting to visit.

Funeral Mass St. Gertrude RC Church, Bayville, on Thursday 10 a.m. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, c/o Locust Valley Fire Dept., 228 Buckram Rd., Locust Valley, NY 11560.

News

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

The Falcon Pride Athletic Booster Club and a generous group of alumni have hit one out of the park with their assistance in upgrading the high school softball field.

Throughout the process, former and current Falcon softball players worked together for a good cause.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts:

The Peanuts hosted the Uniondale Knights. It was hard fought battle and the Generals gave their all. Terrific performances by JR Hill, Joseph Travaglia and Kody Gehnrich The defense played strong. The Peanuts are working hard and the results are paying off.

7- and 8-year-old Midgets:

The 7- and 8-year-old team did battle with the Floral Park Titans. In a tough battle, the Generals’ offense was powered by a big offensive line led by Declan Trainor, Joseph Gotti, Owen Parlante and Jake Hargrave. In an impressive hurry-up offense, the General’s Jayden Marshall scored a last second touchdown to end the first half.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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