Friday, 04 January 2013 00:00
Ann Farber Schilder, 55, of Great Neck, wife, mother and friend to the community, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. She died at home, holding the hands of her husband, daughter and son.
“She was a mother, mentor and best friend,” said her son, Bruce Ira Schilder, 27, of Great Neck. “She definitely was the matriarch, even of our extended family.”
Born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on April 1, 1957, Ann grew up in Valley Stream. There, she met her future husband, Marc David Schilder, at Valley Stream Central High School.
“They were high school sweethearts,” said their son. In addition to her husband and son, Ann is survived by her daughter, Tracy Sara Schilder, 23, of Great Neck.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business at Syracuse University, Ann joined the family business, Sydney Farber & Son Inc., a wholesale giftware company based out of Great Neck.
The family lived in Valley Stream for many years and moved to Great Neck in 1980.
In 2010, she joined Anton Community Newspapers as a sales representative covering Glen Cove and Oyster Bay.
“We are all very proud of the drive, passion, and natural-born sales ability that enabled her to start a new career at 53 years old,” said her son.
It was a perfect fit.
“My mother was loving, social and very elegant. She could talk to any stranger and make a friend. In fact, she could dial a wrong number and turn it into a conversation.”
She worked at Anton until her illness prevented it earlier this year.
“Ann was a wonderful person and a wonderful salesperson,” said Frank A. Virga, executive vice president of sales and operations at Anton. “All of us miss her very much.”
A member of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, Ann was interred at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY where she may rest in peace.
In memory of Ann, her family asks anyone who wishes to make a donation do so to Syracuse University, Temple Beth-El or a cancer-research organization “to help ensure that someday, this will not happen to anyone ever again.”
Ann will be greatly missed by her friends and family. She will always be remembered for her acts of kindness and generous spirit.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
There is a new psychic medium on the North Shore of Long Island to compete with the original “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. Her name is Mary Drew and she has been working for more than a decade doing private readings. Recently, Drew has expanded her horizons and has been conducting readings at restaurants, public events and fundraisers.
“I discovered my ability to speak and to hear the deceased voices when I was 10 years old,” said Drew, who grew up in Brookville and now resides in Glen Cove. “The first deceased person I had an encounter with was my grandmother and it was a very profound experience, to say the least.”
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.
In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.
The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.
In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of 21 minutes, 7 seconds.
Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.