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Obituary: Victor Emmanuel Abate

Victor Emmanuel Abate passed away on Jan. 20, 2014, after a long illness. He was born and raised in Locust Valley and was a member of the first graduating class of the new Locust Valley High School in 1963. He played quarterback for LVHS football as well as basketball and baseball. He was a member of the Grenville Baker Boys Club and spent much of his  youth involved in sports at that facility as a player and coach. After graduation he attended Hofstra University until entering the Army where he served his country with distinction as a Sergeant with the Third Armored Division in Germany.

His career in newspaper advertising spanned 16 years with this newspaper group. During that time he held the position of Advertising Manager of the Glen Cove Record Pilot as well as the Port Washington News, General Manager of the Huntington Long Islander and Director of Advertising for Anton Community Newspapers. He relocated to Virginia Beach in 1989 to take the position of general manager and partner at Contract Marketing, a division of Contract Advertising Companies.

He is predeceased by his parents, Frank Joseph Abate and Nicolina Savinetti Abate, as well as sister-in-law Jeanne Fantry Abate and granddaughter Alyssa Victoria Badalucco. He is survived by his wife, Donna, and their children Lisa Badalucco (Luke), Nicole Abate-Levy (Al), Christine Spronck (Jay), Jessica Abate and Meghan Abate-Hutto (Matthew); grandchildren Nikki, Skylar, Michael, Jack, Dominic, Adrianna and Grayson; brothers Carmine of Omaha, Nebraska, Frank of Huntington and Nicholas of Locust Valley and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. He is also survived by an uncle, Louis Savinetti, Locust Valley Commissioner of Water, and an aunt, Mary Savinetti Decarolis of Locust Valley.

A Memorial Service is being held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Peter of Alcontara R.C. Church, 1327 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington.

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

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Informative Hospital Talk

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Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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