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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

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”


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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