O'Neill, Maciag to lead 2017 Memorial Day Parade
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GEORGE O'NEILL
GEORGE O'NEILL
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Gloria Ann Hadziutko Maciag
Gloria Ann Hadziutko Maciag
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The Maspeth Memorial Day Parade will take place on Sunday, May 28, at 1 p.m.

It begins at Walter A. Garlinge Memorial Park at 72nd Street and Grand Avenue with

a ceremony following the parade at Maspeth Memorial Square at 69th Street and Grand Avenue.

This year's grand marshals include George O’Neill, who was raised in Maspeth by his parents George and Marion O’Neill.

It was their American dream to start a business, and since 1933 the Plateau Tavern, now O’Neill’s Restaurant, has been a staple in the community.

O’Neill was born in 1935, the oldest of four sons that included Richie, Neil and James. They all worked in some capacity in the business from an early age.

“I was working at eight years old,” said O'Neill.

O’Neill served in the Army from October 1954 to September 1956. He attended Pasadena City College and then returned to New York to work in the restaurant business.

O’Neill grew the business, and it became a famous hangout for the 1986 Mets and other well-known figures in sports.

O’Neill has been married to wife Mary for over 52 years, and raising six children, George, Tara, Marybeth, Deirdre, Jennifer and Tracy, in Maspeth. They all graduated from St. Mary’s of Winfield.

He has 17 grandchildren, who all look up to their grandfather as someone who helps others before himself.

O'Neill donates to local churches and numerous charitable causes, including hosting fundraisers for the 9/11 causes, St. Jude’s Hospital, Wounded Warriors, The Frances Pope Memorial Foundation, The Michelle O’Neill Foundation and Shriners Hospital, to name a few.

Joining O'Neill to lead this year's parade is Gloria Ann Hadziutko Maciag.

Maciag was born in 1961 to Gloria and Joseph Hadziutko, and has been a part of several community groups over the years in Maspeth, where she was born and raised.

In 1976, she joined the Polonaise Folk Dance Group of Maspeth, where she danced for five years.

She was crowned Miss Polonia of Holy Cross Parish, where she had the opportunity to represent Maspeth in the Pulaski Day Parade and the National Ball held at the Waldorf Astoria.

A graduate of Christ the King High School, in 2005 Maciag was named Citizen of the Year by the Polish American World Newspaper. She continues to serve her community through Frank Kowalinski Post 4, where she has been a member for 29 years.

She now serves as Kowalinski Hall manager, setting up post and member parties. She also volunteers with the Kowalinski Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 4, and has been the president of the organization for 21 years.

On top of her dedication to the Kowalinski Post, she is also a member of the Maspeth Lions Club and 5 Towns Club of Maspeth.

Maciag has been married to husband Albert for 32 years, with whom she has a son, John Joseph.
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