Namedropper 10/4/2018

October 4, 2018
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Namedropper 10/4/2018

Longtime friends reunite

When Yvonne Joseph Sliney did not get a birthday card from her friend Barbara Drake, she knew she had to make a trip to see her.

Sliney traveled four hours to Belle Reve Senior Living Community in New Milford to visit Drake.

The friends have known each other for around 70 years. They grew up in the Bronx and met in kindergarten. Despite not seeing each other for 20 years, Blake typically sends Sliney a birthday card.

“I knew I had to reach out and reconnect with her,” said Sliney, when she did not receive the annual card.

Time stood still when the friends were reunited. They sat side-by-side reminiscing on their times together, laughing loudly.

“Even with her dementia, she’s as sharp as a tack, remembering details of our youth, including the names of all our teachers,” said Sliney.

Blake’s face lit up when she saw Sliney,said Simone Thomas, memory care coordinator at Belle Reve

“It was so endearing watching Barbara and Yvonne’s reunion,” she said.

New teachers welcomed

The Western Wayne School District welcomed new staff members during a new teacher instruction day before school began for the 2018-19 school year.

Those teachers are MaryBeth Booth, long-term substitute, Spanish; Hannah Fornes, long-term substitute, music; Amanda Gruszewski,special education; Jessica Short, English Language Arts and science; Samantha Antosh, long-term substitute, English Language Arts; Joyce Covaleski, music; Ashley Kromko, elementary first grade; Helene Tscheschlog, biology; Steven Rovinsky, emotional support; Tara Morcom, elementary guidance; and Melissa Cottone, elementary behavioral specialist.

The new faculty members, who come from a variety of backgrounds, are ready to assist all students with any struggles or challenges they face throughout the school year.

High notes

Jim Aita was selected as president of the Dunmore Lions Club during the club’s reorganization meeting Sept. 25 at the Case Quatro Winery.

Richard Green will serve as first vice president; Angelo Martarano, second vice president, Sam Sebastianelli, secretary/treasurer; and Jim Colangelo, membership chairman.

New members include Carmel Verrastro-Biko and Justin Petchcoski. Michael and James Colangelo are sponsors.

All Dunmore residents over 18 are welcome to join the club. For details, contact 570-878-7166, 570-466-5058 or email dunmorelions@gmail.com.

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