Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
Former Syosset resident Mildred Gloria Cowan, passed peacefully on Saturday, September 14 at her home in Peconic Landing, Greenport from general heart failure. She was 90 years old and died in the company of her son, Thomas, and Nana, her health care companion of two and one half years.
She was preceded in death in May of 1996 by her husband Frederick after 51 years of marriage and also by her only sibling, her brother, Charlie Helfant, in 2004.
Prior to moving to Greenport in 2006, Mildred had a home in Mattituck for 20 years, and lived previously in a number of towns in Nassau County: Syosset, Laurel Hollow and Oyster Bay Cove. Additionally, she resided in Norwalk Connecticut, where she grew up and Astoria, Queens when she first got married.
During the first 12 years of her marriage she and Freddy lived a stereotypic post WWII suburban lifestyle of male breadwinner and woman housewife and mother. However things changed in 1957 when she and her husband gave birth to their second child; a business they soon enthusiastically became proud of, the privately owned company: Frederick Cowan & Co., Inc. It, in its field, became a well-known and highly regarded industrial manufacturing Corporation and at its high point employed close to 80 employees.
From the proceeds of the company, Mildred and Fred came to live and lead a varied resourceful personal and professional life. Besides belonging to a few golf & boating clubs and over the years extensively traveling, at one point in time in the mid 1980s, they owned a business property in Riverhead and simultaneous homes in: Mattituck, Oyster Bay Cove, an apartment in Manhattan and a year round “summer home” and dock in Key Largo, Florida.
After her husband’s passing, Mildred continued to work in her business and also became involved in a number of local east end activities including: The Redeemer Episcopal church in Mattituck, the Riverhead Women’s club, Mattituck Historical Society, the gem society of the North Fork, and the local Red Hat Society. She maintained connected to all of those activities until her health forced her into retirement in Greenport. Over the last few years her affairs had to be managed. However, she was fortunate. She continued to be able to participate in a number of activities, including visiting a number of the East End’s local sandy beaches many times during the past summer, and sitting on a chair under a large sun umbrella to take it all in with calmness and a smile—something that those who knew her were happy for.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion at East Norwich for the Syosset-based Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council’s holiday party, entitled “Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity.” People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally diverse, including Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville.
Each artist addressed the audience and talked about art and how it reflects their individual identity as a Jew, a Sikh woman, a Latino woman or an African American man. Saluja, a portrait artist, explained to the audience how identity is a very complicated issue. Standing between two portraits of her brother, a cardiologist, one wearing a black turban and one with his long hair cascading down his shoulders, she explained why she chose to paint these two portraits.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
If you’ve ever been to the 16 Handles store in Jericho and topped your frozen yogurt with the crumbcake crumbs, you know why shop owner Scott Silverman has to re-order them frequently. They are that popular.
“And they always come in fresh,” he says.It’s not surprising, since they are made just a few miles away at Laura & Co. Snacks: The Crumb Without the Cake in Glen Cove.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.