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Obituary: Frances Rousmaniere Storrs

Frances Rousmaniere Storrs, of Oyster Bay, died April 22 peacefully at home at the remarkable age of 100. Her charitable life began in 1929 at the age of 16, when she worked for the summer in Hyden, Kentucky, where her mother’s family had funded the Frontier Nursing Service three-room hospital, and rode horses through the back hills to help provide medical care. For the rest of her life, she devoted much of her energy to helping others through a multitude of charities, including Planned Parenthood, Visiting Nurse Services, the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Boys and Girls Club, the Oyster Bay Waterfront Center, Friends of the Bay and many others. She and her husband Richard (“Dick”) were leaders in creating Oyster Bay’s East Woods School in 1946 and she served the school for many years. Her inquiring mind led to travel all over the world, plus regular courses at Long Island’s Hutton House even into her nineties. “Frinnie” graduated from Chapin School in New York City and was one of Chapin’s longest-serving Class Secretaries. From its purchase in 1956 to 2013, she opened her home in Cove Neck to all, welcoming anyone who asked to use the house for a fundraiser or wedding.

A devoted wife to her late husband, she was a loving mother to her six children: the late Richard Jr. “Nick” (Jeanie) of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Ayer Bellerman of Oyster Bay, David (Landon) of Southport, Connecticut, Ginny Akabane (Gige) of Lenox, Massachusetts, Nancy (Jack) of St. Catherines, Canada, and Cleveland, of San Diego, California, and enjoyed tremendously their stories of travel, sports and academic achievements. She cherished her seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and in her nineties was often on hands and knees playing games with them.

The Storrs family expresses its appreciation to Hospice of Woodbury, whose superb and compassionate care permitted her to stay in the house she loved so much until her passing, and to the aides who gave her such support.

A memorial service will be held June 8. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Oyster Bay Waterfront Center or East Woods School.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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