Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00
Sylvia Dickey Strauss, 96, died peacefully at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, ME, on May 10, 2010. Born in Hicksville, she grew up in Syosset and was the elder of two children of Arthur and Florence Dickey. A graduate of Hicksville High School, she attended Hofstra University and received a registered nurse degree from Cornell University - New York Hospital School of Nursing in 1934.
Upon graduation from nursing school, she worked at The Henry Street Settlement, carrying her medical bag and knowledge to the residents of the tenements of the Lower East Side of New York. She fondly remembered delivering babies on kitchen tables covered with newsprint, the most sanitary thing she could find in the homes. Afterwards, she worked as a nurse in the obstetrics department of Meadowbrook Hospital in East Meadow, where she met her husband-to-be, William Theodore Strauss, MD. She also worked for the Oyster Bay Visiting Nurse Association. Dr. and Mrs. Strauss were married in Cold Spring Harbor in 1940.
As an “empty-nester,” Mrs. Strauss found time to hone her artistic and craft skills, becoming an accomplished rug hooker and designer, a knitter and also a fine painter on reverse glass. Her family are proud owners of her works. She was a talented and adventuresome home cook. While living in seacoast New Hampshire, she volunteered at Strawbery Banke Museum reviving its herb garden and making it flourish. In her early 90s, she was an enthusiastic volunteer at the Miles Hospital League rummage sale. Always interested in new things, she embraced the opera as an art form in the past year and loved seeing DVDs of famous performances.
In 2000, she moved to the Pemaquid, Maine, Peninsula where she had spent many summers with her family, starting in 1947. She was most recently a resident at Schooner Cove Retirement Community in Damariscotta.
Her husband predeceased her in 2007. She is survived by twin children, daughter Nona D. Strauss of New Harbor, ME, and son W. Theodore (Ted) Strauss III and wife Janice of South Salem, NY; and nieces, Diane Fraser of New Port Richey, FL, Marilyn Guddat of Melbourne Beach, FL, and Janet Cate of Kennebunk, ME. At her request, there will be no services.
Contributions may be made in her memory to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, 27 Atlantic Highway, Post Office Box 7, Edgecomb, ME 04556 or to the charity of your choice.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Nov. 7, more than 150 supporters gathered for MercyFirst’s Annual Harvest Ball held at The Garden City Hotel, raising more than $100,000 to help fund MercyFirst’s programs.
This year, the 2013 MercyFirst Community Partner Honoree Awards went to three Syosset-Woodbury families: The Millers, The Cliffords and The Majoys.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion at East Norwich for the Syosset-based Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council’s holiday party, entitled “Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity.” People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally diverse, including Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville.
Each artist addressed the audience and talked about art and how it reflects their individual identity as a Jew, a Sikh woman, a Latino woman or an African American man. Saluja, a portrait artist, explained to the audience how identity is a very complicated issue. Standing between two portraits of her brother, a cardiologist, one wearing a black turban and one with his long hair cascading down his shoulders, she explained why she chose to paint these two portraits.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.