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Wednesday, January 8

Republican Club Meeting

Mayor John J. Watras will be the guest speaker at the committee meeting the Garden City Republican Club will be holding at 8 p.m. at the Garden City Senior Center on Golf Club Lane and Eleventh Street. Mayor Watras will be discussing important matters pertaining to the village. Food will be donated by  Culinary Heights on Seventh Street. Two gift certificates to Culinary Heights will also be raffled off.


Thursday, January 9

Village Board Of Trustees Meeting

The next board of trustees meeting will be taking place in the boardroom at village hall. Start time is 8 p.m.

Hofstra Women’s Basketball Vs. Towson

Hofstra will welcome a Colonial Athletic Association opponent to the Mack Sports Complex for the first time this season when the Pride takes on Towson at 7 p.m. It will mark the first of two games against the Tigers this season. $10, $6. 7-9 p.m. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University, Hempstead. For more information, please call 516-HOF-TIXX, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.gohofstra.com


Friday, January 10

Hofstra Wrestling Vs. Princeton

The Hofstra Wrestling team returns to dual match and EIWA action for the first time since December 1 when the Pride host the Tigers of Princeton University at the Mack Sports Complex. Hofstra is 4-4 overall and 2-1 in EIWA action this season. $16, $12, $6. 6-8 p.m. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University, Hempstead. For more information, please call 516-HOF-TIXX, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.gohofstra.com


Saturday, January 11

Trojans Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Vs. Rockville Centre’s South Side High School

11:30 a.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Lena And The Happy Clam Band Presents “The Happy Clam Show”

Hop on the clam boat and learn more about your local sea life! Join us for The Happy Clam Show which pairs music with movement and games for children and their families. Lena brings songs from her award-winning CD Happy as Clams, as well as new nautical songs written especially for LICM’s “Saltwater Stories” program. If you are not a clam, you can hear and see and dance in this splashing good time. (If you are a clam—you don’t have ears or eyes so you can come and....do what it is that clams usually do.) Ages: 3 and up. Time: 2-2:45 p.m. (Also happening on Sunday, Jan. 12.) Fee: $5 with museum Admission ($4 LICM members), $10 theater only. The Long Island Children’s Museum is located at 11 Davis Ave. in Garden City. For more information, please call 516-224-5800 or visit www.licm.org


Tuesday, January 14

Board Of Education Meeting

The next board of education meeting will be held at Garden City High and begins at 8:15 p.m.

Title Swap With The Librarians

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the next meeting of the Garden City Public Library’s reader’s advisory series Title Swap with the Librarians will be held on the lower level of the library. Title Swap is a series of programs that gives patrons and librarians the opportunity to share new book titles and briefly discuss them. Whether you are looking to discover a new author to read or to find your next book club pick, come to the next Title Swap with the Librarians on Jan. 14. If you would like, you may bring your lunch, beverages  will be served. Remember to bring your own favorite titles to share with the group. For those who are unable to attend the Title Swap meeting, a list of the discussed titles will be found at the reference desk after the program takes place. This program is open to all adult Garden City Public Library cardholders. Registration begins on Monday, Dec. 30. You may register in person at the reference desk, by phone at 516-742-8405, or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Email librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett with questions about the program or to talk about books at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it And don’t forget to bring at least one book title that you would recommend.


Wednesday, January 15

Your Widowed Social Group

This is a non-sectarian, no-profit organization of widows and widowers 50 plus years of age. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month and are held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church located on Franklin Avenue and Fifth Street in Garden City. There is a nominal fee for members and non-members. For more information, please call Diana at 516-481-9280.


Saturday, January 18

Boys & Girls Varsity Fencing Vs. Manhasset Jr./Sr.

10 a.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070


Saturday, January 25

Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Vs. New Hyde Park Memorial

11 a.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Boys & Girls Varsity Fencing Vs. Jericho High School

12:30 p.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Boys Varsity Basketball Vs. New Hyde Park Memorial High School

1 p.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070


Ongoing Events

Defensive Driving Courses

Six-hour course conducted by the AAA NY in the Garden City office located at 229 7th St. Save money; reduce violation points; sharpen skills. The cost is $39 for AAA members; $32 Plus/Premier members; $32 members 60 and older; $32 members 16-24 years old; $49 nonmembers; special group rates available.

Dates and rates subject to change. Online class available. Visit AAA.com/DefensiveDriving. Reservations required. Call 516-873-2381. The following dates are offered:

January 5 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 7 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 11 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 13 & 14 - 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

January 22 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 25 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 26 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 30 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 2 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 5 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 8 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 11 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 16 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 24 & 25 -  6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  

February 27 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ongoing Events

Furniture Needed

The A.T.Stewart Exchange Consignment Shop at 109 Eleventh St. in Garden City is looking for furniture to add to its inventory. The shop can use cocktail tables, end tables, consoles, chairs of all types, dressers, dining room tables, breakfronts, servers, secretaries, mirrors, etc….it’s all in demand. If you have a particularly large piece, take a picture and show it to Maryann Caterino at the shop (516-746-8900). Consignees are paid 50 percent of the selling price. There is ample parking and the shop is conveniently located on the lower level of The Garden City Historical Society Museum. All proceeds from the A.T.Stewart Consignment Shop go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the Garden City Historical Society Museum, an original 1872 A.T.Stewart era Apostle Victorian structure.


Ongoing Programs

Clutterers Anonymous

Clutterers Anonymous (CLA), a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets every Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., in Westbury. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call 866-800-3881 or visit: www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.

Monthly Cancer Support Group

Franklin Hospital’s cancer support group meets in the former coffee shop at North Shore LIJ Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. The group regularly meets the first Monday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. It is open to all cancer survivors, including family members and is ideal for people who need someone to talk to about the illness. Discussions include new medicines and treatments, advice on how to cope and also provides emotional support. Additional information about the monthly meetings, or those seeking assistance and information concerning cancer are urged to contact group advisors Anna Rossetti at 516-256-6025 or Meg Wehrum, RN at 516-256-6478.

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. There is no cost for any group; however pre-registration is required. Additional groups are formed upon request, including groups for men with breast cancer and family members. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077.

•Support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women post treatment will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for young women with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

•A telephone support group for women with breast cancer will be held weekly for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers Sought For Breast Cancer Program

If you’ve had breast cancer and want to pay it forward become a hotline volunteer. Women and men who are breast cancer survivors and others who are concerned about breast health issues can become volunteers at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in Garden City. Volunteers can help by doing fundraising and publicity, as well as by answering hotline calls. Hotline volunteers provide emotional support, information and referral services to callers with breast health concerns. Although the program is housed on Long Island, hotline services and telephone counseling are available to callers throughout New York State. For more information call the Hotline at 1-800-877-8077.To reach the Hotline from anywhere in New York State, call 1-800-877-8077.

Safe Boating Courses

Free vessel safety checks and more, from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. With squadrons across Long Island, there’s one near you. Visit: WeBoatSafe.org or call 1-800-341-8777 for more information.

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Life Society is a grassroots community organization of survivors and co-survivors in the pursuit of living and helping others. A stroke can be very isolating. By sharing experiences and encouraging one another, together we can face and overcome common challenges. All are welcome. RSVP is requested. For information and other locations and times, please call Ben at 516-398-4994. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”

• Every 1st Wednesday of the month at 11a.m.-St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh (Room 12)

• Every 2nd Monday of the month at 6 p.m.-The Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave, Wantagh

• Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.-St. Gregory the Great, 242-20 88th Ave, Bellerose

• Every 3rd Friday of the Month at 2 p.m.-St Bernard Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke, Levittown

• Every 4th Monday of the Month at 6 p.m.-St. James Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Rd, Seaford (Room 104)

• Every 4th Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. (with guest speaker)-William Bennett Community Center, 28 W. Carl St., Hicksville

• Every 4th Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. - Plainview Hospital, 888 Old Country Rd., Plainview Waldorf Choral Society’s 40th Anniversary Concert featuring Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra with George V. Rose’s  conducting his  final performance before his retirement

News

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Stewart Manor budget, mayor’s salary increase

At a time when municipalities are grappling with keeping expenditures down, the Village of Stewart Manor saw not only its 2014-15 operating budget increase, but its mayor’s salary. At a meeting of the board of trustees held on Monday, April, 8, Stewart Manor adopted a budget of $2,418,548.03, a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the board approved a raise of $1,000 for Mayor Gerard Tangredi, bringing his salary to $3,000. The salaries for trustees John Egan, M. Carole Schafenberg, and William Grogan are set at $2,000 each. Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato has declined his stipend.

Salaries and benefits make up 42 percent of the total budget. According to the state comptroller, it’s acceptable for that number to be as high as 65 percent. The total costs of salaries and benefits have actually decreased by around 5 percent from the previous year’s adopted budget.  


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com