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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

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


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