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Obituary: Marilyn A. Benson

Marilyn A. Benson passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 23 at her Windemere Home on Martha’s Vineyard, where she lived close to her daughter Lisa.

 

Marilyn had a long and distinguished career in Long Island Community Newspapers as an advertising executive. She was passionate in her desire for locally owned businesses to thrive on Long Island and worked tirelessly toward that goal.

From 1996 to 2010 she was an enthusiastic advertising account executive here at Anton Community Newspapers. She took special interest and pride in the Great Neck Record, the Glen Cove Record Pilot, the Roslyn News and the Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot. Marilyn especially appreciated an enduring relationship with our publisher, Angela Anton.

From 1986 to 1996 Marilyn published her own magazine, Boulevard. It was a publication that engaged all her creative talent and passion for publishing: from layout to editorial to printing. Boulevard was enormously satisfying for her and during that time she was recognized for her work with the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce, the New York State Assembly and other civic organizations, receiving various awards, including the Jesse Markell Award, the Leo Friend Award, the Great Neck Plaza Award, the Nassau County United Chamber Community Award and the ORT Achievement Award.

 

Marilyn delighted in her relationships with local merchants and civic organizations of Long Island. She enjoyed attending her Great Neck High School reunions. She loved trips to visit family in Chapel Hill North Carolina, as well as family and friend gatherings at her home in Old Brookville.

 

Marilyn would probably best wish to be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and aunt. She is survived by her daughter Lisa, son Cort, her grandchildren Nicole, Melanie, Ned, Jonathan, Kristen, and Drew, nieces Leigh Anne, Diana, Karen and Jennifer, grand-niece Lucy, grand-nephews Robert, Ezra and Levi, and her sister-in-law Marion Rayve. Marilyn was predeceased by her lovely daughter Linda, her sister Priscilla Levine and her brother Edward Rayve.  We will miss her unconditional love and unflagging support and encouragement.

 

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Roslyn, to be announced at a later date.

News

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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