Sanchez and Erica Doering.
Senior McKenna Hiller (No. 2) takes a shot at the Middie Bear 's goal.
Senior Victoria Sanchez (No. 7) collides with a Middletown defender.
Senior Nikki Scancarello (No. 19) pushes the ball up field.
CENTRAL VALLEY — The Monroe-Woodbury Girls Varsity Soccer team held a brief ceremony before Tuesday’s game against Middletown to honor the seven seniors on this year’s team.
The celebration featured flowers, smiles, hugs and parents.
Then the Crusaders got down to business and beat the Middie Bears by a score of 6-0.
Willow Duffell scored two goals and Karie Maher had a goal and an assist to led the Crusader offense.
Senior goalies Gabrielle Beltrami and Erica Doering split time in the net and posted the shutout.
The victory brings the Crusader record to 11-3 on the season.
Instead, Conner preferred to patiently sit in his grandmother’s home on First Avenue and wait for a hearse to slowly pull into the Middletown Cemetery across the street.
He watched as the mourners said their final goodbyes, the casket was lowered, the grave was covered with dirt, and the fresh flowers were dumped by cemetery workers on the soil like last week’s garbage.
Then, without hesitation, Conner ran into the cemetery and carefully arranged the discarded flowers on top of the grave. That probably was the last time his strive for perfection went unnoticed.
For the last 40 years, Flowers by Roger has blossomed, but like most small businesses, there have been some rocky roads. There were times when he was unable to pay the utility bills so his electricity was shut off or when he couldn’t afford to rent an apartment, so he slept in a chair in the back of his flower shop and took showers by dumping cups of water on his head.
Those days are over. He lives in a beautiful home on Central Avenue and his business has been ranked as one of the top 250 florist shops out of the 40,000 florists in the world. His talents have earned him speaking engagements and guest design appearances around the globe, but he’s most comfortable in Middletown where he has received about every community award for his volunteer work and generosity.
People were introduced to Conner when The Middletown Journal wrote a story about him when he was 15. That story was picked up by other newspapers and soon he was featured on Good Morning America.
Throughout high school, Conner cut grass and saved every penny. He took $65, bought some flowers and ribbon and started his bu... http://www.journal-news.com/news/news/local/middletown-florist-still-blooming-after-40-years/nn3tS/
Ana Rinaudo, owner of Ana’s Flowers and Gifts, in Middletown.(Photo: BOB BIELK/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)Buy Photo
Ana Rinaudo owns Ana's Floral Garden in Middletown.
When did you decide you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
My dad owned pizzerias in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and I always wanted to own my own store. I was a commodities trader for 18 years. After having my kids I thought it would be nice to open a flower shop rather than traveling back and forth from the city. I love flowers and I love gardening and seeing things bloom and grow.
Why did you start this business?
My real passion is looking at different flowers. I love beautiful colors and arranging them together.
Were there any challenges that made you think twice about striking out on your own?
My first store was very hard to build up. I was just learning a new field. My mom who taught me how to plant and her love for roses made it easier. I was in a shopping center for five years, and once my lease expired I made a big decision that I wanted my own place. So I bought a flower sh... http://www.app.com/story/money/business/questions-and-answers/2015/06/22/anas-floral-garden/71007390/