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Obituary: Joseph Vincent Franco, 96

Joseph Vincent Franco, 96, born Giuseppe Vincenzo on December 10, 1916 to Francesca (Lagana) and Ignazio passed away on Friday, April 26.  He was brother to Charlie, Vinny, Millie and Mamie.  He graduated from Textile High School, and began to hone his craft in the electrical trade, which became his career.  In 1942, he wed Frances Miceli, who predeceased him after 55 years of marriage.  His daughter Jeanne Carter, sons-in-law Leward and Michael, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren survive Joe.

 

Franco married Frances in November 1942 just eight days before beginning his overseas service in WWII in the U.S. Army.  Throughout his active years in North Africa, Italy and Corsica, Franco served the 41st Field Artillery Regiment 3rd Infantry Division as a Staff Sergeant and the 137th Military Police Company as a Squad Leader and Wire Chief. 

 

Franco was awarded the Rome-Arno Victory Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal for his years of service.  He received an honorable discharge in December 1942.  Upon returning to his wife, Frances, they settled in Elmont where they remained for the duration of their lives.

 

Franco has five grandchildren and his eight great-grandchildren. Throughout his over 60 years of local community involvement, Joe has bee proud to be a part of St. Vincent de Paul Church and its outreach programs, a reliable Sunday Mass usher, IBEW Local 3 Retirees Organization, member of VFW Elmont Post 455, member of American Legion Elmont Post 1033, Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2245, Elmont Public Library, Knights of Columbus, a friendly electrician for so many local community events, and a passionate voice in local government forums.

News

Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.

 

“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”

 

New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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