first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thousands of firefighters lined the streets of Bethpage on a misty Thursday morning to pay tribute to FDNY veteran William Tolley, who plunged to his death last week battling a fire in Queens.Fellow firefighters had flooded Tolley’s hometown for a series of memorial services this week and their numbers grew exponentially Thursday as more than 10,000 people were expected to attend the funeral service. Outside the church, red ribbons abutted utility poles and American flags hung high.The steady mist eventually gave way to cloudy skies, punctuating the occasion as a somber mood enveloped the area around St. Martin of Tours church. With police enforcing morning road closures, the long stretch running from Hicksville Road to Bethpage State Parkway was eerily quiet until mourners trickled in for the ceremony.“His life was so rich, so rich in fact, that it makes the loss even more raw and painful,” New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio told mourners. “But let’s take stock and remember a rich life and a full life…a life lived the way we all should live.”Tolley, 42, and about 100 other firefighters were battling a blaze at a five-story building in Ridgewood, Queens last Thursday when he fell to his death. The circumstances around his fatal fall are currently under investigation.The funeral marked a tragic end to a life of a man whose love for his family, his wife Marie and 8-year-old daughter Bella, was endless.“Bella was his first and foremost priority, the apple of his eye,” Tolley’s colleague Jarrett Kotarski said while also recalling Tolley playing drums in the heavy metal band Internal Bleeding. “Billy lived his life to the fullest, he chased down all his dreams and caught them.”Leading the procession was Tolley’s Ladder Company 135, including one in black and purple bunting carrying his American flag-draped casket. Tolley’s widow and daughter followed the casket into the church as hymns blared.The words “In Loving Memory of William N. Tolley” word etched into the truck.“His death leaves so much pain, confusion and crying,” said Father Patrick Woods, recalling the moment of devastating grief when Tolley’s daughter, Bella, learned of her father’s death.“Mommy, why are you gone all day, what happened?” she asked.“Marie a loving mother carrying her own crushing grief, gently tells Bella that Billy has gone home to God,” he recalled.“Mommy,” Bella responded, “daddy is too young to die.”And then she realized.“I have no daddy.”Consoling Bella, Marie reminded her that Tolley loved helping people.“That’s what firemen do,” she said.William Tolleylast_img read more

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team defeated the South Dearborn Squires 25-23, 19-25, 15-10. Kate Weber led with 10 points followed by Catherine Streator 6 points, Maggie Beiser 5 points, Ella Moster, Lilly Schebler, Rhea Miller 3 points each and Izzi Price and Isabelle Wonnell  1 point each. This is the first game the team actually started to play the game with a bump, set and spike. Ingrid Tuveson and Lucy Abplanalp were great support on the court to help the team setup the plays as Ava Owens was strong on offense.The 8th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team loss against the South Dearborn Lady Squires 25-9, 25-17. The score did not show the type of play the 8th team put together during the game. Audrey Beiser led the team with 10 points followed by Megan Raab with 2 points and Mary Hunter, Emma Livers and Maggie Beiser with 1 point each. Ryanna Phillips, Ava Owens and Ingrid Tuveson had great movement on the floor to help the team.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more

first_img Published on March 6, 2020 at 6:36 pm Contact Christopher: [email protected] | @chrisscargs Facebook Twitter Google+ It was already an uphill battle even at the start of the doubles point for Syracuse against No. 10 Virginia. The No. 23 Orange, with a 4-7 record in doubles, went up against the Cavaliers’ three ranked doubles pairings. Sofya Golubovskaya and Sonya Treshcheva were the first to fall, losing their set 6-1 against No. 41 Vivian Glozman and Rosie Johanson. Soon after, UVA’s first doubles team of No. 51 Chloe Gullickson and Amber O’Dell defeated Zeynep Erman and Guzal Yusupova by an identical 6-1 score. As a result, Kim Hansen and Miranda Ramirez’s match went unfinished, and after the doubles point UVA kept its momentum going. Syracuse (8-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) suffered its first road loss this season against the Cavaliers (9-4, 3-2) with a sweep of 7-0, winning just one set out of the 15 played at Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday.UVA’s No. 95 Amber O’Dell swept Golubovskaya 6-0, 6-0 to gain the first singles point and pushed the lead to 2-0. Syracuse’s top singles player, No. 82 Guzal Yusupova, came soon after, losing 6-2, 6-1 against No. 10 Natasha Subhash. Virginia clinched the match after Hansen lost her singles point 6-3, 6-4 against No. 86 Sofia Munera. Losses from both Erman and Treshcheva extended the Cavaliers’ lead 6-0.Ramirez won the lone set for Syracuse, pushing her match to three sets after dropping her first set against No. 47 Rosie Johanson 6-3. When she won the second set, 6-4, Ramirez had a chance to earn a point back. Freshman Polina Kozyreva, who has dealt with injuries this season, wasn’t included in the Syracuse lineup against the Cavaliers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange return to Drumlins Country Club next Friday and face their highest-ranked opponent yet: No. 8 Georgia Tech. Commentslast_img read more