Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00William J. Maloney (Bill) passed away on Sept. 25, 2011 at his Florida condo overlooking the ocean. Bill was born on Nov. 7, 1918 in Brooklyn to William and Elizabeth Maloney. He was one of seven children and was predeceased by his brothers: Jackie, Eddie and Frankie Maloney and by his sisters Eleanor McCarthy and Therese Maloney, Sister Mary Padric. He is survived by his sister Mary Shea Kane.
Bill was married to his wife Ronnie (McGlynn) Maloney for 65 years. They had four daughters: Joan Lewick, Pat Larywon, Marianne Vanderbilt and Liz Meade; four great son-in-laws: Tom Lewick, Tom Larywon, Jimmy Vanderbilt and Phil Meade; seven wonderful grandchildren: Jim Vanderbilt, Kevin Vanderbilt, Kelly Gibbons and husband Chris, Trisha Williams and husband Jason, Kait Larywon, Grace Meade and Robbie Meade; and two great-grandchildren: Madison Gibbons and Corbin Larywon.
Bill was very proud of his wife and family and they will miss him very much.
Bill grew up in Rockaway, NY, and attended St. Francis Xavier High School in Brooklyn. In January 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy Seabees. In July 1942 he entered the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. During WWII he served in the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean and was part of the invasion of North Africa. In 1944 he sailed for the Lykes Shipping Company and came ashore in November 1945.
In March of 1946 Bill joined IBM and began a successful 35-year career that led him from sales rep to vice president, product development and corporate resident manager in New York. He and Ronnie enjoyed his different assignments and the strong friendships they made.
Bill was vice chairman of the board of trustees for Iona College and helped raise over $16 million in contributions. He was awarded an honorary doctorate for his leadership.
In April 1995, joined the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation as vice president of Planned Giving and was again responsible for significant contributions.
Bill had a lifelong passion for golf. He was a member and past president of North Hempstead Country Club in Manhasset. He and Ronnie enjoyed many hours playing golf with friends and family. Bill retired in 2007 and divided his time between Port Washington and Vero Beach, Florida.
He was well loved by family and friends. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation, Post Office Box 222011, Great Neck, New York 11022.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
Joan Hutchinson’s Five J’s Jewelers will be closing its doors after 34 years in town. Currently at 155 Main Street (located in Mini Mall Shops), Five J’s has been located in different spots around Port such as the Soundview shopping center and four different Main Street locations. Five J’s has lost its lease, but will be here through the end of August. The store will be liquidating inventory of jewelry. Hutchinson’s newest venture will include a web-based business from her home, where she will continue to provide her customers with quality merchandise at wholesale prices. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516-567-4142.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Baz Luhrmann, the internationally acclaimed writer, producer and director of the new 3-D adaptation of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, captivated the invitation-only audience at the Long Island premier of the film last Wednesday night at Soundview Cinemas.
“It’s touching for me to be here in Port Washington,” said Luhrmann, a native Australian. “I grew up in a small town where my father had a cinema for a short time. It’s like inviting people into your lounge room to sit in the dark and experience something together.” Luhrmann took notice of all the care that went into refurbishing the Soundview Theater, telling the guests that there really is so much buzz out there about the reopening.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The fact that Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA) is celebrating its 50th year of working with area boys and girls is quite an accomplishment. Ron Henderson, its executive director for the past 20 years, also has a long history with PYA’s Lions Field that extends all the way back to 1958.
“I played in the first games ever held at the field back then when it was the Port Washington Little League,” said Henderson. “That was before the field was renovated.” The renovation, which began in 1999 and forced the PYA to relocate for two years from its Glen Lane site, now features four Little League fields and one major league field, all on pesticide-free, natural grass. During the fall, the fields are converted for lacrosse and football programs.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
This is the season of anticipation. Boats are being prepared for launch, yacht clubs are going into commission all up and down Long Island Sound, and the weather is absolutely beautiful. The beginning of an active boating season on Manhasset Bay and LI Sound is just weeks away. Before the season begins, it might be a good idea to think about boat safety. Whether you are a skipper or crew, racing or out for a nice leisurely afternoon, be it sail or motor, safety should be your first priority.
An online sailing newsletter, Sail-World.com recently published some good information on this very topic. It is from the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. This is what Foundation suggests: It takes just six minutes to brief your new guests on board your boat for a day of sailing and it could save a life and/or your boat. Below is a six-minute briefing that all of us should practice to make sure the sail is fun and relaxed and safe.