Janice Ann Blieka

Janice Ann Blieka passed away on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the age of 80. Beloved Wife of Alfred Blieka. Loving Mother of Cynthia Curtiss, Christopher Blieka, Judy Blieka and the late Laura Blieka. Cherished Grandmother of Jennifer Limberg, Rachel Wysocki, Alexa Curtiss and Loralie Landesman and Great-Grandmother of Rebecca Limberg and Noah Wysocki. Passionate defender of all those with special needs, Leader of the Holy Innocent’s Guild, and a dedicated community advocate (COMET). Mass of Christian Burial offered at St. Mary’s Church on Monday, May 17, 2021 9:45 AM. Interment followed at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, NY 11378.


Douglas Alexander Mahoney

Douglas Alexander Mahoney passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the age of 79. Beloved Husband of Ann Charlotte Mahoney. Loving Father of Lynn (Charles Ponce de Leon), Christine (Erik Jaffe), Eileen, Kelly (Michael Brethel Jr.), and Michael (Heather Gallo). Cherished Grandfather of Caroline, Christopher, Mara, Morgan, Alexander and Victoria. Dear Brother of Neil Mahoney (Anne Marie) and Brother-in-Law of Margaret. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. In Lieu of Flowers, memorial donations may be made to : American Heart Association. Mass of Christian Burial offered at St. Margaret’s Church on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 9:45 AM. Interment followed at St. John Cemetery, Middle Village, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, NY 11378.

Michael Pascale

Michael Pascale passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021 at the age of 55. Beloved Brother of Maria Raguso and Brother-in-Law of Thomas. Loving Son of the late Anthony and Claire Pascale. Cherished Uncle of Claire and James. In Lieu of Flowers, memorial donations may be made to: American Cancer Society -or- National MS Society -or- The Lieutenant Michael Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund. Private Cremation held on Tuesday, march 30, 2021 at All Souls Crematory, East Elmhurst, NY. Memorial Mass offered at Our Lady of Hope Church on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 9:45 AM. Interment of Cremated Remains followed at Lutheran All-Faiths Cemetery, Middle Village, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, NY 11378.

McClancy unveils plans for new $2M sports complex

Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School will break ground on a $2 million state-of-the-art sports complex in June, thanks to the largesse of Stephen Squeri, a school alum and CEO and Chairman of American Express.
The school unveiled the plans for the facility at an event on May 18.
“This facility will be one of a kind in Queens, no other school will have one like it,” said president Nicholas Melito, a 1976 graduate who taught global students at the high school and served as the varsity baseball coach before taking the helm last year.
The complex will encompass three blocks of the East Elmhurst campus, according to Melito, and include new artificial turf baseball and softball fields, soccer field, running track, and a separate section for field events.
The new addition will add to McClancy’s rich athletic tradition. The school’s love of sports prompted the Alumni and Athletic Departments to create its own Hall of Fame in 1996.
The high school’s roster now includes around 90 students, coaches and others who contributed to the success of McClancy’s athletic programs throughout the years.
But the new facility will host more than sporting events, Melito stressed.
“It will be used for physical education classes as well, benefiting the entire study body,” he said.
The project, scheduled to begin this summer and be completed by October, will be fully funded by Stephen Squeri, a 1977 alumnus who played high school basketball during his time at the school.
“The truth is, he and I spoke about this once in the past and Steve was intrigued by the idea and it was something he wanted to do,” said Melito, a friend of Squeri’s for more than 50 years.
The corporate businessman has a reputation for giving back. He’s been on the Board of Directors at McClancy for the past 10 years and he’s served on the Board of Trustees at Manhattan College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting and computer science and later an M.B.A. in Finance.
During Squeri’s time on the high school board, he’s assisted the administration in fundraising and implementing a master strategic plan.
“Our first priority was the infrastructure of the main building, then upgrading the classrooms with the latest technology,” he noted. “We then focused on the labs, media center, music room and art room, student center and gym. The last piece of the puzzle was the biggest piece – the sports facility.”
Three years ago, McClancy renamed its student center in honor of Squeri’s parents, Lorraine and Joseph, after he donated funds to revamp the space.
“His generosity and caring about his high school has been long-standing,” Melito added. He never forgot the education he received and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart who taught him. When you talk to him he’s just a kid from Astoria, yet he’s so successful and runs a major corporation.”
Squeri said his McClancy education laid the foundation for his future achievements.
“When I look back at my experience at McClancy, I truly believe it had a huge impact on my ability to be successful in life and in business,” he said. “It is important to me that kids who grow up in the same community I did have the same chance at success that I did.”

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