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Sr. Kathleen McCann

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Hello readers and welcome to another edition of Around Town.

Eagle Scout Project

Joseph Menta of Pelham Gardens is in the process of completing his Eagle Scout project with Boy Scout Troop #182. As part of the process, Joe worked on a project where he assembled keepsakes from retired American flags. He and his troop also raised $201 for the Samuel Young American Legion Post #620, which is the sponsoring organization of his Eagle project.

Notable Passing

Sr. Kathleen McCann, a Sister of the Divine Compassion, died peacefully on Saturday, December 8.

Born in 1930, as a young woman she attended St. Frances de Chantal School. McCann was a longtime librarian at Preston High School, a position she began in 1967. She also taught school at several Westchester County Catholic schools, and was a librarian at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y.

Sr. Laura Donovan, president of the Sisters of Divine Compassion, said: Throughout her life, Sr. Kathleen was a model of gentleness and compassion. Along with her love of her Irish heritage and her family, she loved her ministries in education and was kind and appreciative of the children and the seminarians she served so well.

Inaugural Workshop

Professional Dancer Paige Fraser has started a new initiative as part of The Paige Fraser Foundation called Dance is Healing. It is a workshop that will offer free dance training to young aspiring artists. Fraser stated that their inaugural workshop will be held in the borough. It will be on Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30. For info, visit

We are still seeking dancers ages 13-17, with or without disabilities.

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Joseph Menta with Robert Doonan, grand marshal of the 2018 Bronx Veterans Day Parade in Throggs Neck.
Photo courtesy of Joe Menta

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