Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00
Sister Anne Marie Dorff, SSND, who taught school for many years and was principal of a single school for three decades, died of cancer on April 30, 2012 at Villa Notre Dame Wellness Center in Wilton, CT. She was 74 years old and had been a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 54 years.
Dorothy Anne Dorff was born on March 28, 1938, in Brooklyn, the first of five children of Anna Maria (Seith) and John Joseph Dorff. From her first days in school at St. Anselm in Brooklyn she was educated by SSNDs. She graduated from high school at the Notre Dame Aspiranture in Fort Lee, NJ, in June 1955 and later that summer entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was given the religious name Anne Marie and made her first vows in July 1957.
Her first teaching assignment was at St. Benedict School in Baltimore (1958-68). In 1968, she was assigned to St. Brigid School in Westbury, where she spent another 10 years. In 1978, she was sent to be principal at St. Catherine of Siena School in Trumbull, CT, where she remained for 31 years.
Even in retirement, Sister Anne Marie maintained her connection to the schools, volunteering as a teacher assistant at St. Catherine Academy, a school serving students with special needs, in Bridgeport, CT.
Sister Anne Marie is a 1965 graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and, in 1975, earned her master’s in reading education from Hofstra University.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on May 4 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Trumbull. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bethel, CT.
Sister Anne Marie is survived by two sisters, Jeanne Marie Dorff of Brooklyn and Sister John Maureen Dorff, MSBT, of Philadelphia; and a brother, Michael Dorff of Manhattan.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame is an international congregation of women religious with more than 3,000 sisters serving in more than 30 countries. For more information about the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Atlantic-Midwest Province, visit www.amssnd.org.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.