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Obituary: Marie Elizabeth Gonet, 97

“Beth” Gonet, passed away on May 24 at Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington NJ following a brief illness.  Former resident of New Hyde Park, until 2006 when she and her husband Henry, moved to Independence Manor in Flemington, NJ.  Beth was predeceased by her husband, Henry, who passed in 2007.

 

She is survived by her beloved children, Diane Gonet Strauss and her husband Walter of Clinton Township, NJ, and son Frederick J Gonet and wife Betty of Proctorsville, VT.

 

In addition, her survivors include her six grandchildren:  Gary R Strauss and wife Debra of Mesa, AZ, (Mayor) Scott P. Strauss and wife Patricia, of Mineola,, Susan B. Strauss Wyatt of Phoenix, AZ, Marc H. Strauss and wife Kelly of Lebanon, NJ, Donnal Gonet of SC, and Neki Gonet of Proctorsville VT.  She also leaves behind eight great grandchildren:  Matthew J. Strauss and wife Diana of Mesa AZ, Lindsay Strauss Backus and husband Ryan, also of Mesa AZ, Bryan and Christopher Strauss of Mineola, Thomas A. Schlagenhaft of Phoenix AZ, Tiffany A and Jason R. Strauss of Lebanon, NJ, and Koa Gonet of Proctorsville VT, also two precious great, great grandsons:  Aidan and Landan Backus of Mesa, AZ .

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Cancer Society or the animal shelter or rescue of your choice.

News

School spirit was at an all-time high when community members joined students, administrators, faculty and staff for Sewanhaka High School’s annual homecoming parade and game.

 

The festivities kicked off with a Pep Rally on Sept. 19 on the school’s athletic field and continued on Sept. 20 with a parade that featured colorful banners and beautifully constructed floats based on this year’s “countries” theme. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13. 

 

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team—we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - October 1

Silver Sneaker Fitness - October 2

Live Music - October 3


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