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Dr. Michael Rinke

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Hello readers and welcome to another edition of Around Town!

Notable Passing

Dorothy Collazzi, 94, of Gales Ferry, CT passed away Thursday, September 13 at her home with her family.

She was born in the Bronx on May 2, 1924 to Hans and Emmy Gries. Dorothy raised her four children in Morris Park and Throggs Neck and called the Bronx home for 74 years. In 1998 she moved to Brookfield, CT until three years ago when she moved to Gales Ferry to live with her daughter and son-in-law.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 70 years, Louis Collazzi, who retired from the Bronx Times Reporter in 2011, as well as her son Louis.

She is survived by her children, Linda Servedio of Manorville, NY; John Collazzi, the founder of the Bronx Times Reporter and Gina Servedio of Gales Ferry as well as by 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Dorothy was an amazing mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend to all of us. She was an inspiration and wonderful example for her entire family.

From 1962 to 1967 she fostered 13 new born babies from the Catholic Foundling Home. In 1967 she started work at Lehman College as a secretary in the president’s office and retired in 1992.

Dorothy was an avid reader, loved playing video games and keeping up with family and friends on facebook through the use of her IPad.

Dorothy’s service will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church located at 1650 Route 12, Gales Ferry on Thursday, September 27 at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. Following Mass, internment will be conducted at St. Mary’s Cemetary in New London, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her granddaughter, Laura’s Leukemia/Lymphoma Light the Night Fundraiser.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Marie Dicosola, who turned 85 years old recently, from her daughter Lisa Soli.

Grant Awarded

To Improve Quality

Dr. Michael Rinke, a medical director at the Pediatric Quality at the Children’s Hospital at Montifiore, has been awarded $1.5 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to conduct a quality improvement study involving 60 pediatric primary care sites around the country to improve diagnosis and treatment of pediatric hypertension. These include 14 sites that are part of Montefiore Medical Group throughout the borough.

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