Written by Joe Scotchie Saturday, 06 April 2013 00:00
The Roslyn News and the Ellen E. Ward Clock Tower virtually share the same history. The Roslyn News was founded in 1877 and has published continuously since then. Nearly 20 years later, the Clock Tower—-as it is simply known today—-was first constructed. For years, The Roslyn News’s office stood on Tower Place, directly across from the Clock Tower. For the 100th anniversary of the Clock Tower, major renovation work on the famous structure was underway. Several years later, in 2006, the work was complete. Fittingly enough, copies of The Roslyn News were among the memorabilia selected by village officials and placed in a time capsule at the monument. It was also fitting that Angela S. Anton, publisher of Anton Community Newspapers, was a major force in helping to secure the private funding essential to Clock Tower renovation.
“The village has made the remainder of the repairs to preserve this historical landmark,” said Village of Roslyn Mayor John Durkin at the 2006 ceremony. “The New York State Offices of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation provided a matching grant of $34,000 to the village to complete the masonry re-pointing work. This grant has been matched by voluntary contributions. I am pleased to report that the strong leadership of this fund drive represented by Angela Anton and Doug Pierce, co-chairs of the Clock Tower Trust Fund Committee, has raised the matching funds for both the New York State grant as well as the $15,000 Challenge Grant offered by the Gerry Charitable Trust.”
Last year, the fourth clock hand on the tower was renovated, making the right time available to passerbys at all angles. Through it all, only The Roslyn News had chronicled the story of the Ellen E. Ward Clock Tower.