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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

 Online food market OurHarvest has recently joined forces with Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry Long Islanders over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

In the year it’s been open, the Space at Westbury has been host to musicians, comedians, dancers and last week, the venue opend its doors for world class boxers and their loyal fans. One of the headliners was Richie “Brazil” Neves, from New Hyde Park.

 

Winner Takes All Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions brought a night of boxing to the Space on Thursday, Nov. 13. While boxing events have come to Long Island before, this was the first of its kind to come to The Space. 


Sports

Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season. 

“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”

 

The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against. 

Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him. 

The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game. 

 

The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position. 

 

Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter. 


Calendar

Songfest Tickets - November 19

PTA Meeting - November 19

Herricks School Board Meeting - November 20


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