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.
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00
Everyone wants to know that their neighborhood is safe. But an omnipresent police force is impossible and extensive home security can be expensive. So the watchful eye of a neighbor can come in handy.
Now in its second year, the Westbury Neighborhood Watch is a small group of residents who stick to the phrase “see something, say something.” Director Jacquelyn McCullough says that the group, comprised mostly of seniors, keeps an eye out for suspicious behavior and looks out for their neighbors. She encourages them to report any odd behavior to her, so she can relay it to the appropriate authorities.
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
In the span of three years, Westbury’s Maria Hernandez had three huge events to plan. She had her wedding, her daughter’s sweet sixteen and her mother’s retirement party. All three events were very different, but would need the same excellent entertainment.
But once she met Raphael Sicinski, from The Sound Connection, she knew she had found a solution.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Deidree Golbourne has been running track and field all four years she has been at Westbury High School. Her passion for the sport comes from knowing that “you can put your all into it. It’s not a team sport where you have to depend on other people. You get out as much as you put into it.”
Golbourne is also seeded fourth in the state for discus throwing. She says that when she initially picked up discus her freshman year, she wasn’t a fan.
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The U.S. Tennis Association Eastern Long Island Region recently honored Westbury resident Susan Alvy at a celebratory dinner, presenting her with the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award for her longtime commitment to tennis. The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury hosted the 23rd annual awards dinner, which honors tennis champions from Nassau and Suffolk County.