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Alexander Pernoca

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Honors At Owen Dolen

The Owen Dolen Recreation Center honored four people at its 3rd Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 10.

The awards were presented to community partners who support the center, staff and participants.

Local businessman John Bonizio of Metro Optics; Patrick Caruso, Community Board 10 staff member; police officer John Souhrada, 45th Precinct Community Affairs Officer and Ray Vargas, Harvest Fields Church director took home honors.

Congrats Chairman

Congratulations to Martin Prince, chairman of Community Board 10, who was re-elected on a close 19 to 18 vote on Thursday, June 16.

Dean’s List

Congratulations to Samantha Dorn who earned a place on the spring 2016 dean’s list honor roll at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas.

Dorn is a freshman who is majoring tourism and hospitality management.

Notable Passings

Catherine Devany Gilligan, 79, of Ridgewood, NJ passed away on Tuesday, June 14.

She was born in the Bronx and had been married to Martin Gilligan, who passed away in 2006. She was a mother and a grandmother.

Kay (as she was known) had many fond memories of growing up in Throggs Neck in the Bronx. After graduating from her beloved Preston High School in 1954, she attended St. John’s University in Brooklyn. Kay and Marty married in 1963 and later moved from Throggs Neck to Ridgewood where they raised their family.

Her many and enduring friendships attested to her loyalty and good humor. Her ready smile, laughter and willingness to help when needed will be missed.

Alexander Pernoca, another former Bronxite, died peacefully on Sunday, June 12 at the age of 87.

He was an emigrant from Italy and arrived in America with his wife Anna Pernoca in 1961.

He is survived by his children Rita Lacey, Maria Nuzzo, Dominick Pernoca, Fran Laurens, Anthony Pernoca and Jennifer Pernoca.

He was employed as a machinist at GAL Industries for over 30 years.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260-4597. E-mail him at procchio@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.

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