by Glenn Baldwin
Chris Pendergast (retired elementary teacher 2003), Founder and President of Long Island’s Ride for Life, an organization that has raised over six million dollars for ALS research, is still riding after 24 years of fighting and besting this disease. This past May he and two fellow patients along with a core of volunteers headed by retired Northport teacher, Charlie Catania (retired Phys. Ed teacher), began the 20th Anniversary wheelchair ride from Yankee Stadium to Washington, D.C. They braved a monsoon across the George Washington Bridge for starters. Continue reading
Mary Ellen Utell, 83, retired Bellerose Avenue teacher, passed away on Wednesday, May 24 in Ridgefield, Connecticut. She moved from Northport to Connecticut in 2001 to be closer to her daughter’s family. She was the pre-deceased by her husband Leonard.
Mary Ellen is survived by her daughter, Mary Jo Fornshell, three grandchildren, three step-children and a brother. Memorial contributions may be made to ROAR – Ridgefield Operations for Animal Rescue; 45 South Street Ridgefield, CT 06877.
The R-UTN welcomes five new members to the retiree ranks —
Ellen Comiskey, Pulaski Road Special Education
Margaret Minardi, Northport High School Art
Angela Mislowack, Northport High School Special Education
Pamela Waldroup, Northport High School Art
Linda Van Yahres, Pulaski Road Fifth Grade
Frances Ahern, former Northport High School social studies teacher, died on February 8 in New York City at the age of 91.
With an undergraduate degree in journalism and a masters focusing on the Chines government, Frances received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1993 and her dissertation on the stylistic variations and uses of pottery among the coastal Mixtec and Amuzgo in Mexico. She spent much time in Oaxaca, Mexico, a place she loved as a second home and where she did research at the archeological site of Monte Alban, driving from New York to Mexico well into her 80’s. After retiring she also taught English as a second language and spent several years teaching at universities in Chengdu, Wuhan and Fujian, China
She was preceded in death by two sisters, and is survived by a third sister and eight nieces and nephews. Remembrances in Francie’s name might be given to the Instituto de Organos Historicos de Oaxaca (http://iohio.org.mx/eng/donations.htm) or to the ACLU (https://www.aclu.org/).
Robert (Bob) Hynes, retired Director of Physical Education Athletics and Health,
passed way on March 3 in Hilton Head, North Carolina. During Bob’s career as an educator in the Northport-East Northport UFSD he taught junior high school physical education, coached baseball and later served as district administrator. Following retirement Bob and his wife Barbara moved to Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he remained active in the community, including a leadership role with a local golf club, and the delivery of meals to families in need in the low country.
Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Amy and Robert; his grandchildren, Sam, Allison, Lucas, and Cathryn, and his brother, John. Burial will be private and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.