Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
The Life Of Noemie Cavallero De Venoge Cannizzaro…
Noemie “Mimi” de Venoge-Cannizzaro, age 84, passed peacefully at home with her family at her side in the early hours of Wednesday, May 29. She died of natural causes and the effects of a debilitating stroke suffered 15 months ago. Mimi was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, to parents, who were both from northern Italy. Mimi would have become a restaurateur and chef had the workplaces of that era (and a protective father) accepted women in such roles. Her devoted father, Gene Cavallero, was a restaurateur and owner of the famed Colony Restaurant, that opened in 1920 and operated for 50 years in the same location on Madison Avenue in New York City. Her devoted mother, Noemie Rosset, was a linguist and worked as an Italian and French translator. Mimi also spoke multiple languages and attended the Garden Country Day School in Jackson Heights, Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY.
Mimi was the face of Manhasset and beyond. She was a devout Catholic, who was active in the Rosary Society at Saint Mary’s Church. A proud American, Mimi also was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Manhasset VFW Post 304. Mimi had an effervescent, upbeat and confident personality. She was the one smiling at you as she stood on her head in yoga class, or as she treaded water with a noodle during water aerobics at Plandome pool. Mimi was always intellectually engaged, well read, and current with world affairs, even as she moved at rocket-speed managing her four children and caring for her husband. Mimi tenderly cared for both of her parents and her mother and father-in-law in their old age. She was a buzzing example of just how much capacity the human spirit and body has to offer to their family, community, and parish. For years, she was a volunteer at Abilities, Inc. at the Viscardi Center in Albertson, a nonprofit organization that works with severely handicapped children. Mimi was a dynamic and vivacious individual who was always courteous and cared deeply for absolutely everyone who crossed her path.
Mimi married the first love of her life, Vincent Paul de Venoge of Corona, Queens, in 1951. He was a Marine officer who served heavy combat duty on Guadalcanal, and in the Battles of Peleliu and Tarawa. The couple moved to Manhasset from Queens in 1963. In their home on Park Avenue, they raised four children. Mimi and Vincent were active participants in Manhasset Community events, regular parishioners at St. Mary’s Church, and active members of Plandome Country Club. They were both avid golfers. Mimi’s passion for cooking, as a result of her restaurant background, was put to good use with the raising of her family, and she was the hostess/cook for many dinner parties and family events.
After the passing of Vincent de Venoge in 1981 at age 62 of cancer, Mimi found the second love of her life and married retired CPA and Marine Officer, Victor Cannizzaro, in 1985. Victor Cannizzaro served spotting naval gunfire in the epic battle for the South Pacific island of Iwo Jima. Victor was in the very first wave in the first hour of the Marine assault on the island on February 19, 1945. Victor’s image was captured in the photo taken by the famed war photographer Joe Rosenthal on top of Mount Suribachi, entitled “Gung-Ho.”
Mimi is survived by Victor and her brother Gene Cavallero Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona; her four children, Laura Furey (spouse Ray Furey), Marie de Venoge, Marc de Venoge (spouse Marylou), and Paul de Venoge (spouse Carol); and Victor’s daughter from his previous marriage, Carol Hernandez of Orlando, Florida. Mimi is also loved and will be sorely missed by her seven grandchildren, Marie Wilson, Michael Furey, Michael Ceccarelli, Sarah de Venoge, Anna Christine de Venoge, Juliette de Venoge, Vincent de Venoge; 10 great-grandchildren; God-child Claudia Landeger-Malaya; relatives and friends from New York and New Smyrna Beach, Florida; and her cousins and friends in Largo De Garda and Montova, Italy.
The wake for Mimi will be held at the Fairchild & Son’s Funeral Chapel, 1570 Northern Boulevard in Manhasset, New York from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. A Catholic funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 1300 Northern Boulevard, also in Manhasset, New York. The family would ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or specifically to an upcoming Multiple Sclerosis “Mud Race” co-organized by Mimi’s grandson at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/mikefurey.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.