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Obituary: Eileen M. Hurley

Eileen M. Hurley, beloved sister and aunt, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2014. Eileen was the daughter of John T. and Della J. Hurley. She was predeceased by her sister Ann M. Novakoski and her brother Monsignor Daniel J. Hurley. Eileen is survived by her sister Theresa Galvin and brother James Hurley and her nieces and nephew Joan Davenport, Mary Ann Graffagnino, Leo Novakoski, Eileen Gilson, Ann Galvin, Maureen Kiggins, Lisa Hurley, Cristy Hurley and Michele Vesty and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Eileen’s journey in life began in East Norwich. She attended St. Dominic’s grammar and high school and Fordham University where she received her law degree. Eileen practiced law in New York City for more than 20 years. In 1976, Eileen returned to school, attending Loyola University in New Orleans where she received her master’s degree in music therapy. In 1978, Eileen began her “new and most beloved career and calling” as the music therapist at Pee Dee Center, Florence, SC. There she helped improve and enrich the lives of her dear students through music until retiring in 1992. Over the years that Eileen lived in Florence, she was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, including singing in the choir, Perpetual Adoration, and “cookie maker extraordinaire” for the Bereavement Group. Additionally, for many years she volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem and piano teacher to friends and acquaintances expressing a desire and interest in learning.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Florence, S.C. on Thursday, March 20 at 11 a.m. Visitation was held at Whiting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head (www.whitting.com). Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Upper Brookville. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Food Pantry or Bereavement Groups of St. Anthony Catholic Church, 2536 Hoffmeyer Rd., Florence, SC 29501.

News

At the Tuesday, Nov. 18, Oyster Bay-East Norwich board of education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld said that the OBEN schools are partnering with local organizations to form a Community Advisory Board to deal with issues affecting the youth of Oyster Bay-East Norwich. The Community Advisory Board was initiated by the Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich. The Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, Library and houses of worship will come together with the OBEN schools in this effort.

Other News:

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Lisa Mulhall spoke about some new courses that will be offered at the high school, including an exercise science course that will carry physical education credits from Adelphi University and a college level engineering course. These courses will be offered in conjunction with the State University of Stony Brook.

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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