Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00
On July 27 Greta Tomic died peacefully in her sleep, with her three children at her bedside. Greta lived in Carle Place and Westbury from 1960 through 1996 with her family. Her husband Fletcher predeceased her in 2000. Greta was born in 1931 and brought up on Cape Cod, and returned there for her retirement years. Greta was the daughter of Hjalmar and Betty Jensen, Swedish immigrants who owned a dairy farm. The home she built for her retirement is located on the old farmland.
Greta graduated from Lawrence High School on Cape Cod in 1949 and was proud to be class valedictorian. She attended Radcliffe College, graduating in 1953 with a BA in
English Literature. At Radcliffe she met her husband Fletcher Tomic, a student at Harvard, and they were married in 1952. Greta obtained her MA in Education at CW Post and
Hofstra Universities, and taught fifth and sixth grade for 25 years in the Carle Place School District. Greta loved theatre and directed many plays at Rushmore. She loved her profession and excelled at it, earning a “Teacher of the Year” award and much praise from parents, students and colleagues. She had high regard for her fellow teachers at Rushmore, and the CPHS music and theatre teachers. Bill Westcott, a fellow teacher, once said, “I have never heard anyone say a negative word about Greta.”
In her early retirement years, Greta was a member of AAUW - North Shore Branch. (American Association of University Women). After her husband died in 2000, Greta went on to make a new life as a single woman on Cape Cod and contributed to the community in many ways. Always an advocate for women’s rights, she joined the AAUW of Cape Cod and became very active including serving as President from 2007 to 2011. Reading fiction was Greta’s passion, starting with Nancy Drew in third grade and ending with all the contemporary fiction authors of 2013. She was an active member and often the leader of three book groups. She worked for several years at a well-known children’s bookstore , combining her profession as a teacher and passion for reading. Lastly, Greta loved The New York Times which she read every day of her adult life, starting when she first saw it in the dormitory library at Radcliffe at the age of 18. She was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast, and an accomplished home cook.
Greta is survived by her three children and their families: Betsy Tomic and her husband Ronald Phillips of Croton on Hudson, NY and their foster children Shaquan, Jaysee, Jeremy, Maalik; Bill Tomic of New York, NY; Jim Tomic, Jessica Forbes and Greta’s grandchild Sierra Forbes Tomic, of Oakland, CA. She is also survived by her brothers, Fred Jensen and his wife Sheila, and Henry Jensen, all of Cape Cod.
Donations may be made in Greta’s honor to AAUW of Cape Cod, care of Carol Carbaugh, PO Box 1127, Sagamore Beach, MA 02562. For online condolences please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00
Thanks to a grant from the Early Years Institute (EYI), several area daycares and early childhood organizations will be able to expand their services and continue to help Westbury youngsters learn valuable skills they need to succeed in school and life.
Eleven groups applied for the Ready Set Achieve grant, which was donated to the EYI by The Rauch Foundation. Grants were awarded to nine groups in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
The grants will go toward a variety of community agencies dedicated to helping improve school readiness for children ages one to five. Many applicants wanted to use the money to expand their daycare programs, while others wanted to use the funding to increase literacy or create educational workshops for parents. The LIFE Lutheran Church is one such group that received a grant for $7,500, which will help them continue their free ESL program.
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Got a pooch that won’t sit still, climbs the furniture, or jumps on the neighbors? A dog imbued with limitless energy that has you at your wits’ end? Perhaps it’s time you school your out-of-control canine with the discipline and control of the “Martial Arfs.”
Martial Arfs, a new dog training facility in Carle Place is set to prove the old adage that “a good dog is a tired dog.” Run by Jeris Pugh, Martial Arfs takes a novel idea to working with our four-legged friends that has proven to be very successful; combining unorthodox exercises and equipment with the principles of the Asian fighting arts.
“We work primarily with incorporating physical activity into improving behavior. But we’ve created a facility where we don’t just tire your dog out, we teach it how to behave while at the same time tiring it out,” he said. “There’s a huge obesity problem right now, about 54 percent of all dogs are overweight, and just because you let your dog out in the year once or twice a day doesn’t mean he’s actually getting proper exercise.”
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.