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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

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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