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Obituary: Mary D. Schaefer

Mary D. Schaefer, of Brookville, a summer resident of Sag Harbor for more than 50 years, died at Glen Cove Hospital following a short illness on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. She was 93.

Born in Brooklyn on Oct. 14, 1920, she was the daughter of Melbourne and Mary (Considine) Lucas. The family relocated to Oceanside, Long Island, in 1926. Mrs. Schaefer was the second in her family to graduate from Oceanside High School, a high school that her offspring attend to this day.

During World War II, Mrs. Schaefer worked in retail in Hempstead. She married John E. Schaefer on her 25th birthday, Oct. 14, 1945. They spent their first few years of married life living in Rockville Center before moving to Brookville in the 1960s. There, Mrs. Schaefer was a founding member of St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.

Mrs. Schaefer was a homemaker who enjoyed her family, gardening, her Golden Retrievers and Collies.

She is survived by her sons, James K. Schaefer, of Brookville;  Robert L. Schaefer of Rockville Center; and John E. Schaefer of East Quogue; and daughter Mary E. Stabenfelt of Larkspur, CA. She is also survived by four siblings, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband who died on April 13, 2013.

A funeral service was held at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Brookville on Dec. 17, 2013. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville.

News

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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