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Student Gives Back At 70s Prom

Samantha Derby is a 16-year-old student at Garden City High School. Her aunt is principal of the Children’s Learning Center (CLC), a school for 250 children with developmental disabilities that is affiliated with the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. The junior heard the CLC was hosting a ’70s-themed prom for about 80 of its teenaged students and wanted to get involved. Along with other volunteers, she helped transform the school gym in to the “Disco Fever” ballroom. The gift that students received in their goody bags was a wonderful compilation of songs that Derby put together.

After hearing it was a 1970’s themed prom, the altruistic teen researched the most popular songs of each decade from the ‘70s through now. She decided include some current hits, not just music from the 70’s, which most students would not know. She took the time to screen the songs to make sure the lyrics and subject matter were appropriate and the songs were upbeat, and then made arrangements to have a copy for each student attending the prom. The Garden City resident downloaded the songs from iTunes and copied them onto discs she purchased. At this point, labels were typed up using a template that indicated the song, artist and year of release. Then labels were printed and decorated with colorful peace signs and placed in colorful cases. The generous junior then purchased tie-dyed ‘70s-themed loot bags that the discs were placed into. She then brought them to the prom the day before to package with the tie-dye T-shirts all prom guests were receiving.

Derby enjoyed the whole experience and commented, “The CLC Prom was one of the most beautiful things I have ever been a part of.  The best part was watching the children in amazement and having the time of their lives dancing with each other. All of our work paid off and I’m so thankful I got this opportunity.” The students at the prom were thrilled to have their own CD of music to bring home according to Community Outreach Manager, Pat Quinn who said, “It was so thoughtful and kind of Sam to come up with this fun idea and then do all that was needed to make it happen!  We all appreciate her creativity and her generosity.”

This Garden City student certainly keeps busy as a member of the varsity volleyball team and student council. In addition to her volunteer work for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, she also volunteers at the Mary Brennan INN, and Nassau County Youth Court. To learn more about ucpn and CLC go to www.ucpn.org

News

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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