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Last Updated: October 14, 2014   
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Mort Kunstler
at Raynham Hall Museum

• Patricia Brexel

This past Sunday Mort Kunstler, a well known Oyster Bay artist, was signing his new book at the Raynham Hall Museum. His new book “The New Nation: The Creation of the United States in Painting and Eyewitness Accounts - The Art of Mort Kunstler.” Also on display at the museum was Mort Kunstler's new painting titled “The Culper Spy.” It's a beautiful oil painting of Robert Townsend sitting at a desk reading a document by candlelight in the parlor of his home, known as the “The Homestead,” now Raynham Hall in Oyster Bay.

The book signing was a benefit for the restoration project. Besides the books, beautiful prints of the piece “The Culper Spy” were available for purchase at the benefit.
Mort is an award winning illustrator that studied art at Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute, and UCLA. Mort joked with the crowd that he went to UCLA to play basketball.

This November, The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, will be having a major exhibit of Kunstler's paintings. Over 80 pieces will be in the exhibit through March of 2015.


Photos by Patricia Brexel

“My Job is
to Bear Witness”
OBHS Library Named in Marie C. Colvin’s Honor

 • Loriann Cody
On Saturday afternoon, more than 100 people gathered in the Oyster Bay High School (OBHS) Library, to honor journalist Marie C. Colvin, who was killed in war ravaged Homs, Syria, in February, 2012. A veteran journalist covering the Syrian war, Ms. Colvin worked for London’s The Sunday Times, when she was killed in a makeshift press building that was hit by rockets. The OBHS Library has been renamed in her honor, The Marie C. Colvin Memorial Library, at Oyster Bay High School. Many members of Ms. Colvin’s family were present, including her mother, Rosemarie Colvin, who was an ESL teacher at OBHS.
Donna Fiori Houman was behind the dedication of the OBHS Library in her classmate’s honor. After meeting with Dr. Laura Seinfeld, District Superintendent, and members of the Colvin family, it was decided to have the ceremony coincide with the 40th reunion of the class of 1974. Close to two dozen of her classmates were in attendance as part of the reunion events.
The ceremony began with CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s memorial video to Marie, which included Christiane Amanpour and other noted journalists’ tributes. Then, Dr. Dennis O’Hara, principal of OBHS, welcomed the guests and introduced Legislator Donald MacKenzie, also a graduate of OHBS, who presented a County Citation honoring Ms. Colvin’s integrity and commitment. State Assemblyman Montessano thanked the OBHS community, and Dave Gugerty, representing State Assemblyman Charles Lavine, praised Ms. Colvin and her family, as incredibly accomplished, and remarkably dedicated. Legislator Judy Jacobs, gave her warmest appreciation and remarked how close she felt towards the family.
Howard Schneider, Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism, spoke about The Marie Colvin Fund, and how that endowment helped establish the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting at Stony Brook University. The only SUNY institution to have a School dedicated solely to Journalism, Stony Brook’s Marie Colvin Center runs programs such as “Journalism Without Walls,” which gives students a first-hand experience reporting abroad in a safe environment, such as Russia, China, Africa and Turkey. The Center’s inaugural speakerwas Christiane Amanpour. Dean Schneider, a former Newsday editor, noted that 2/3 of Stony Brook’s journalism students are women, and he hoped some will be inspired to follow in Ms. Colvin’s footsteps. Funds from the sale of her book, “On the Front Line,” go to the fund.
Marie Colvin’s sister, Cathleen (Cat) Colvin, gave perhaps the most moving tribute. She spoke of the personal side of her sister, mentioning Marie’s love of books that was inspired by Mrs. Walker, then James H. Vernon School Librarian. Cat painted a picture of Marie as a shy young woman in the early 1970s, who read voraciously and used books to break out of her shell, and one who liked to break the rules. “Like most of those in Oyster Bay High School, Marie graduated, left the school and never looked back.”
It was Cat and her brother who closed her sister’s London apartment after her death, packing up the books and shipping them, stateside. She thanked her mom and her family for giving her the gift of Marie.
Ms. Colvin’s quotes are written on the walls of the library, including “My Job is to Bear Witness,” and her photo (with iconic black eye patch — she lost her left eye to an explosion in Sri Lanka in 2001), and a plaque are at the front entrance. In conclusion, Dr. O’Hara noted the library now symbolizes humility, extreme courage and “service above self.” For additional information and to donate to the The Marie Colvin Fund, visit:, or send your tax-deductible donation to: The Marie Colvin Fund, Long Island Community Foundation, 900 Walt Whitman Road, #205, Melville, NY 11747.
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 Photo by Loriann Cody


BARNES, Barbara A. of Glen Cove, on October 6, age 63. Loving mother of Derek. Dear sister of Wilbert, Robert, and Roberta. Proud grandmother of Derek A. Thompson Jr. and Travis White. Beloved friend to many. She was a dedicated Nurse's Asst. at Marquis Nursing Home for 47 years. Barbara loved to take care of others and was a devoted friend. She was trustworthy and honest; and was an avid reader. Visiting and service held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home of Glen Cove. Interment All Saints Cemetery.

BARON, Ruth of New Hyde Park on Oct. 13, age 93. Beloved wife of the late George. Loving mother of Ron (Angela) of Utah and Jay (Barbara) of Glen Cove. Dear sister of Strom (Sara) of New York City. Proud grandmother of Dereh, Robyn, Julie (Rob), and Carly. Loving aunt of Audrey, Andrew (Pico) and Moxie. Interment at Wellwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home,
Glen Cove. Mrs. Baron was an accomplished artist in Oil and Pastels and creative crocheting. Past sisterhood President of New Hyde Park Jewish Community Center and a respected Yiddish teacher.

BELLISSIMO, Antoinette M.,on October 10, age 83, lifelong resident of Oyster Bay. Beloved wife of Vincent. Loving mother of Vincent Jr. (Susan), and Concetta (Stephen). Cherished grandmother of Kristen Gentile (Jon), Caitlin, Robert, and Emily. Dear sister of Mary DeCarolis (Frank), and the late Margaret, Dominic, and Carmen. Funeral Mass St. Dominic RC Chapel, Oyster Bay, NY Wednesday 10:30 a.m. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Blvd. Woodbury NY 11797 would be appreciated.

CRUZ, Gloria C. formerly of Glen Cove, on October 7, age 68. Loving mother of Krissy (Wilbert) and Gloria (Ellie). Proud grandmother of David, Jason, Krystal, Christie and Zachary. Special great-grandmother of 10. Gloria was an avid reader of books of all genres. She was a long-time employee of Konica Minolta & Sapphire. She was incredibly devoted to her family and they always came first. Visiting and service held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale.

HARD-GAMBLE, Rose A. of Locust Valley, on Oct 12, age 102. Loving mother of Douglas and William. Sister of Anthony. Proud grandmother of 4, great grandmother of 1. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was an avid bowler and attended many national bowling conventions. She bowled into her 90's and worked into her 90's. She was an avid reader of all literature. Arrangements were handled by the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove.

MILLER, Joyce, 91, passed away peacefully on October 5. Resident of Lake Worth, FL, formerly of East Norwich. Loving wife of the late Wallace J. Miller for 55 years, dear mother of Lisa (John) McLoughlin, devoted Grandmother of Sean (Michele) McLoughlin and Bonnie (Andrew) Stiegler and proud Great Grandmother of Seamus Wallace McLoughlin. Joyce was a graduate of Penn State University, a passionate lover of the arts and a world traveler. Memorial service to be held at Beth Israel Chapel, Boynton Beach, FL on 10/19/14 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: PCL Pap Corps, c/o Ilene Goldberg, 10056 Andrea Lane, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

SEMBLER, Florence R. formerly of Bayville and Glen Cove, on October 12, age 86. Beloved wife of the Late Capt. William H. Loving mother of William (Theresa), Richard (Lori), Frederick, Donna (Rich) and the Late Robert. Dear sister of Lydia (Walter). Proud grandmother of 8 and great grandmother of 3. Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital.