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Garden City-Life.com Calendar

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball

Friday, September 5

Casey At Bat

September 10

End Of Summer Senior Picnic

Wednesday, September 10


Thursday, September 4

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball At New Hyde Park

4:30 p.m. New Hyde Park Memorial High School, 500 Leonard Blvd., New Hyde Park, 516-488-9500

Boys Varsity Volleyball Versus Bethpage High School

5:30 p.m., Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Girls Varsity Volleyball Versus New Hyde Park Memorial High School

6:45 p.m., Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070


Friday, September 5

Boys Varsity Volleyball At Hewlett High School

4:30 p.m. George W. Hewlett High School, 60 Everit Ave., Hewlett, 516-792-4002

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball At Levittown Division High School

4:30 p.m. Levittown Division High School, 120 Division Ave., Levittown, 516-520-8350


Saturday, September 6

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Versus Levittown Division High School

10:30 a.m., Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Boys Varsity Soccer Versus Mepham High School

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

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Versus Mepham High School

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

Nassau Community College Football Versus Navy Prep

1:30 p.m. Mitchell Athletic Complex, 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale, 516-572-0400


Monday, September 8

Marvelous Movie Matinee

A screening of the 2001 comedy heist remake Ocean’s Eleven starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library. The event will be held in Meeting Room B. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. The library is located at 60 7th St. For more information, please call 516-742-8405.

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Versus Roslyn High School

4:15 p.m., Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Girls Varsity Tennis At Oyster Bay High School

4:30 p.m. Oyster Bay High School, 150 E. Main St., Oyster Bay, 516-624-6523

Boys Varsity Soccer Versus Roslyn High School

4:15 p.m., Roslyn High School, 475 Round Hill Rd., Roslyn, 516-801-5100

Boys Varsity Volleyball Versus South High School

4:30 p.m., Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Library Meeting

There will be a meeting of the board of library trustees at 7:30 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library in the small meeting room, lower level. The Garden City Public Library is located at 60 7th St. For more information, please call 516-742-8405.


Tuesday, September 9

Varsity Field Hockey Versus Seaford High School

4:30 p.m., Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Girls Varsity Volleyball At Hewlett High School

4:30 p.m. George W. Hewlett High School, 60 Everit Ave., Hewlett, 516-792-4002

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Versus Hewlett High School

4:30 p.m., Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Versus Northport High School

4:30 p.m., Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Junior Varsity Field Hockey Versus Seaford High School

4:45 p.m., Stratford School, 97 Stratford Ave., 516-478-1500


Wednesday, September 10

End Of Summer Senior Picnic

Garden City Recreation will again sponsor its annual Senior Picnic at St. Paul’s next to the Community Garden. This event is open to seniors ages 65 and up who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. The picnic will be held beginning at noon. This event is free but reservations are a must by calling the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.

Casey At Bat

The Irish in Baseball will be the subject of the talk at the Irish Cultural Society meeting on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Garden City Library located on 60 Seventh St., across the street from the Garden City Hotel. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The Irish played a significant role in baseball from the very beginning. Baseball was an important avenue for Irish assimilation into American life. Guest speaker Richard Pioreck, adjunct Associate Professor of English at Hofstra University, will discuss Casey at the Bat and Irish assimilation. This talk was originally presented at the Hall of Fame at the 2013 Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.

Professor Pioreck teaches creative writing and literature at Hofstra where he created the Baseball and American Literature course. At this year’s Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, he presented what he discovered writing the play Say It Ain’t So, Joe, about Joe Jackson and the 1919 World Series scandal. Well studied in baseball and well seasoned in the theater, Professor Pioreck will make baseball fanatics and anyone interested in a good show well pleased. Come early. The society expects a World Series game-sized crowd.

Drop-In LEGO Club

Come with your old friends and make new friends at the new LEGO Club. This monthly club is for children grades kindergarten through fifth grade and meets on the following three Wednesday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m.: Sept. 10, Oct. 8, and Nov. 12. No registration is required, but space is limited. Children will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. The library will provide LEGO bricks for children to build with during the program. Funding for these programs has been provided by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. The library is located at 60 7th St. For more information, please call 516-742-8405.


Ongoing Programs

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 members 60 and older; $55 nonmembers. Dates and rates subject to change. Online class available. Visit AAA.com/DefensiveDriving. Reservations required. Call 516-873-2381. The following dates are offered:

Sept. 6 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 9 & 10 -  6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

Sept. 14 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 18 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

Sept. 28 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

News

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 

Blakeman and Rice to speak at Chamber Luncheon

On Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its season kick-off luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Congress in New York’s  Fourth Congressional District. Bruce A. Blakeman (R), Conservative and Independence nominee and Kathleen Rice (D), Nassau County District Attorney, will speak separately expressing their respective views on the future of the district and impact upon its business community. This is not to be a debate.


Sports

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18

Locals run for themselves

and a cause in triathalon

At 6 a.m on a blustery Saturday morning, 1600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay Triathlon and Tri-Relay Race. The participants were drawn from a wide age range. They came from all over Long Island and upstate New York, a few were from out of state, and in some cases, had disabilities. But they all came with one goal in mind — to finish.

Jeffrey Hussey, a 28-year-old Garden City resident, has done this race three times and this was his fifth triathlon this summer.


Calendar

9/11 Memorial Program

Thursday, September 11

Zing Went The Strings

Friday, September 19

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, September 15



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