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Obituary: Irene Denihan

Irene Denihan of Manhasset, died peacefully at her home on August 31, 2013 after suffering a stroke on July 12. Born on November 15, 1921 to Anna and Stanislaw Spokas, Irene grew up in Philadelphia, Pa. Irene was a strong, courageous, thoughtful, caring woman who made the lives of many of those around her that much richer for knowing her. She will be dearly missed.

The devoted wife of Benjamin J. Denihan for forty years, who predeceased her in 1986, Irene is the beloved mother of Julianne D. Bresciani, Brooke D. Barrett-Galbraith, Benjamin J. Denihan, Maureen D. Ferrari , Donald G. Denihan and Laurence K. Denihan and nineteen grandchildren: Alessandra Okay, Michelle Collins, John Barrett, Katharine, Tully and Charles Denihan, Christina O’Donovan, Christopher, Michael, and Margaret Ferrari, Donald, Timothy, Devon, and Patrick Denihan, and Correy, Kelsey, Ranait, Riley,and Quentin Denihan and eight great grandchildren: Finley, Rowan, and Vaughn Collins, Jacqueline and Reese Barrett, William and Juliette Okay, and Benjamin O’Donovan. In addition, Irene is survived by her dear brother, Otto Edmond Spokas of Palonian Springs, Virginia and her stepsister, Helen Raffa of Cuppertino, California.

A lifelong supporter of Catholic Charities, Irene has been a Manhasset resident and active member of St. Mary’s Church for over 50 years. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Church of Saint Mary, 1300 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, New York 11030.


Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 


“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 


“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


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.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

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.


Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

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