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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

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

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