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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

There is a new psychic medium on the North Shore of Long Island to compete with the original “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. Her name is Mary Drew and she has been working for more than a decade doing private readings. Recently, Drew has expanded her horizons and has been conducting readings at restaurants, public events and fundraisers.

“I discovered my ability to speak and to hear the deceased voices when I was 10 years old,” said Drew, who grew up in Brookville and now resides in Glen Cove. “The first deceased person I had an encounter with was my grandmother and it was a very profound experience, to say the least.”

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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