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Nassau County Court Official Found Dead

A Nassau County court official was discovered dead at the bottom of a backyard swimming pool at her Syosset home on Wednesday June 26 at 10:09 a.m., a Nassau County police spokesperson said.

The body of Patricia Doyle, 55, was found lying face down in her swimming pool Wednesday morning when a hired landscaper arrived at her Azalea Drive home. Police said they received a 911 call reporting the incident at 10:09 a.m. and within four minutes, Doyle had been pronounced dead by a Nassau County Ambulance Medical Technician.

Doyle had been a longtime employee of the New York State Unified Court System, working as a court referee for more than 29 years, according to a state biography. She had worked at the Nassau County Family Court as an attorney-referee who specialized in custody and visitation matters.

In a statement released by the state court system, Thomas Adams, the Nassau County administrative judge said, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Patricia Doyle. Her legacy is one of compassion and fairness. She proudly served the residents of Nassau County with great distinction and respect.”

According to a candidate profile assembled when Doyle ran unsuccessfully in 2006 for a seat as a Family Court Judge, she volunteered extensively as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Edward’s Church and served as former legal counsel to the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians National Board.

Police said an investigation into Doyle’s death is continuing, but there appears to be no criminality involved.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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