Condolences for Janet Simpson

A memorial service was held for Janet Simpson on October 13 at the Trinity Episcopal  Church in Northport. Condolences may be sent to Karin Cohen, 5 Tudor City Place 609, New York, NY 10017. Donations in her memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society at

A tribute to Janet has been added to the In Memoriam page of this website.

And now for some member news …

balloonOn Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun and Charlotte Koons will fulfill a lifelong dream of riding in a hot air balloon. The balloon ride is a late birthday present and Charlotte is very excited. We expect photos in the days to follow!

A photography by Linda Quinn has been awarded 2nd place in the Third Annual International Phone-Ography Competition at FotoFoto Gallery in Huntington.Poster

Sad News …

Mary Ellen Utell, retired Bellerose Avenue teacher, passed away on Wednesday, May 24 in Ridgefield, Connecticut at the age of 83. She is survived by her daughter and her husband, three step-children and three grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her husband Leonard. 

Mary Ellen was born in Floral Park, New York and lived in Northport for forty-two years. She taught fourth and fifth grades at Bellerose after beginning her career in Syosset. After retiring she moved to Ridgefield to be closer to family and was active in the Ridgefield Chorale, travelling, walking with her dog Bailey and participating on her community garden committee

A Mass of Christian Burial was be celebrated on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church; 30 Church in Redding. Memorial contributions can be made to ROAR – Ridgefield Operations for Animal Rescue; 45 South Street Ridgefield, CT 06877.