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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

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.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

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Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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