Dilma Jones passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022 at the age of 82. Beloved Wife of the late Arthur P. Jones. Loving Mother of Jessica Jones, Mother-in-Law of Scott Calderon. Cherished Grandmother of Kevin and Kiley. Dear Sister of Olga Montes, Lenor Montes, Beatriz Montes, Eduardo Montes and Hernando Montes. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Mass of Christian Burial offered at St. Mary’s Church on Friday, November 18, 2022 10:00 AM. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth NY 11378.
Helen Murray passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022 at the age of 90. Beloved Sister of Charles (Roxanne) Murray and the late Barbara McLean, George Murray, Mildred Murray and Joseph Murray. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral Services held at Papavero Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 10-11:30 AM. Interment followed at Lutheran All-Faiths Cemetery, Middle Village, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth NY 11378.
CTE Shop Class: Now It’s High-Tech
Trade workers: Most essential
By Mike Porcelli
Last week – Veterans Week – many events highlighted the importance of trade workers to our economy and military forces.
As I marched with my fellow Veterans up Fifth Avenue in the Veterans Day Parade, I was reminded of how important trade workers are to military units.
The military equipment and vehicles on display at the parade require troops with the skills to repair and maintain them. Without such skilled workers, no military unit could function, just as no corporation operates without skilled workers to keep everything running.
After the parade, during ceremonies at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum, the array of military equipment on the ship prompted me to ask a Navy Captain: What percentage of sailors on such a ship use trade-skills to support the ship’s mission? The answer was – more than half of all ship personnel are in trade related fields, from cooks and electricians, to mechanics who maintain both the ship and the aircraft it carries.
I’ve previously reported that NASA could not launch a single mission without their skilled workers who maintain all spacecraft and ground equipment. Likewise, our military could not launch a single mission without their skilled trade workers.
The reduction of trade education programs in schools for over half a century, has been detrimental to both our economy and military forces.
Civilian sector companies and military branches are finding it more difficult than ever to hire workers with trade skills.
This shortage of skilled workers has been detrimental to corporate bottom-lines, the economy in general and is a grave danger to National Security.
The only way to prevent economic collapse and a military without operational equipment is to immediately restore trade education in every school district nationwide.
I’ve written about several local events that are working toward that goal. Last week, another event on Long Island showed school board members the importance of trade-training and the vast opportunities it provides students. This is very encouraging.
To help reverse the decline of education generally, local recruiters from the Army were at the Long Island event and the Community Board 5 meeting to explain the benefits of march2Success.com for students.
The program, which can help students determine their aptitudes for various career paths and help them become better test-takers, can greatly assist schools in matching their education resources to student’s needs.
I strongly recommend schools assist students in utilizing march2success as a tool to guide them to their best career paths.
Everyone must recognize and respect not just the service of our combat veterans, but remember to honor the support troops whose trade skills keep military equipment functioning.
Schools must also respect the needs of students who want such training and provide it, because: trade workers are most essential.
Robert G. Oelkers passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at the age of 80. Beloved Husband of Catherine Oelkers. Loving Father of Christine Aylward and Father-in-Law of Michael. Cherished Grandfather of Michael, Robert and Catherine. In Lieu of Flowers, memorial donations may be made to: American Heart Association. Mass of Christian Burial offered at Transfiguration Church on Friday, November 18, 2022 9:30 AM. Entombment followed at St. John Cemetery Ave Maria Garden Mausoleum, Middle Village, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth NY 11378.
Michael Forde passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at the age of 91. Originally of Mount Taff, County Sligo, Ireland. Beloved Husband of Josie Flanagan. Loving Father of Anne Forde-Costello, Mary Saggio, Theresa Forde, Brenda Ghicas and Michael Forde and Father-in-Law of Anthony, Steve and Nick. Cherished Pop-Pop of Nicole & Eric, Connor, Billy, Dylan, Carly, Natalie and Nico. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and cousins. Mass of Christian Burial offered at St. Mary’s Church on Thursday, November 17, 2022 9:30 AM. Interment followed at St. John Cemetery, Middle Village, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth 11378.
Theresa McSaveny passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at the age of 93. Beloved Wife of the late Donald G. McSaveny. Loving Mother of Donald McSaveny and Patricia Franceschina, and Mother-in-Law of Fred. Cherished Grandmother of Jessica, Kelly and Mikaela. Also survived by many loving nieces and friends. Mass of Christian Burial offered at St. Adalbert’s Church on Saturday, November 12, 2022 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.