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John Liccese

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Hello readers and welcome to another edition of Around Town.

Basketball Award

Cardinal Spellman graduate and borough resident John Liccese, now a junior at SUNY Maritime, recently earned a spot on the weekly honor roll of the Skyline Conference, which includes college athletes from all over the New York metro area at several local colleges.

The honor was bestowed on Liccese on Monday, February 20 for play during the 2016-17 men’s basketball season with SUNY Maritime.

In the preceding week, according to SUNY Maritime: Liccese averaged 21.5 points appearing in two games: 22 against Mount St. Vincent and 21 against Sage. Overall, he shot .447 from the field, including .571 percent behind the arc against Mount St. Vincent on Friday, February 17.

Serves In U.S. Navy

Borough native Seaman Anesky Francis, a South Bronx High School graduate, is serving with the Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, reports the U.S. Navy.

Francis works as a yeoman and operates out of the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California.

Francis is responsible for handing incoming correspondence for the squadron.

101-years-old March 2nd

Bessie Smith celebrated her 101st birthday on Thursday, March 2 with a party at Moringside Nursing Home, where she resides.

Her granddaughter reports: At the nursing home they call her the lady that wants to kiss and hug everyone. She is always telling everyone she loves them no matter what race (they are). My grandmother is not famous but she is loved by so many people. She would always tell us that she would rather be loved than be rich (because) you can run out of money but can never run out of love.

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