Written by Garden City Life Staff Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
The circus was recently in town with “Circus Spectacular” at the Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Garden City Community Church in which 100 children attended. The church has sponsored an educational and fun-filled VBS for many years.
The circus-themed week featured the keywords follow, love, trust and share. Bible stories about how we should follow Jesus, being kind and loving to one another, trusting God when we are afraid and spreading the good word about Jesus.
A special Noah’s Ark project was done. There were coordinated crafts, drama, science, snack time and recreation projects for the enthusiastic children.
The students gathered over 800 bottles of water that they donated to the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead as their service project. They also collected over $600 in coins to tithe and help those in need.
More than 70 adults and young people volunteered for the worthwhile program. Heading VBS was the Reverend Sullivan, interim church school director Paula Tusiani- Eng and church school administrator, Rhonda Kraff.
The volunteers included: Christine Alkin, Laura Baymack, Theresa Brunetti, Diana Clarke, Francie Cohn, music minister Frank Crosio, Julie Germano, Christine Hanson, Carolyn Herbst, Alaine Lawler, Danielle Lemieux, Holly Lyons, Kelly Marshall, Marcia Matzelle, Liz McQuaid, Alice Melkonian, Karin Melkonian, Christina Milone, Guy Milone, Christine O’Neill, Patti Norberto, Tina Palmer, Jessica Powers, Pam Rivera, Louise Rooney, Meredith Ruckh, Anne Short, Roger Yusiani- Eng, Melva Victorino, Martha Yasso and Karen Zung.
Youth and young adult helpers included: Jacqueline and Stevie Baymack; John and Mary Blume; Rachel, Isabel and Tristen Cara; Olivia Coffey; Ally Evans; Ethan Gustavson; Trevor Hanson; Amber Henriquez; Paige Jordan; Madeline Lawlor; Laura Martens; Brian, Greg and Nick Matzelle; Peter McDonnell; Olivia and Rebecca Melkonian; Will Mennicken and his cousin; Lily Milone; Alex Nancilla; Kelly Ann Norberto; Lauren Palmer; Alexis and Tina Phillipides; Brianna Powers; Emma Ruckh; Cara Rumsey; Paige Sanossian; Anna, Elsie and Emily Schaubeck; Samantha Short; Caroline and Konstance Teleisha; Samantha Tiger and Brooke Warhurst.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Nov. 3, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program for citizens with both mental and physical handicaps. The walk-a-thon was coordinated by Garden City resident and Kellenberg Senior Christina DiMasso, and Kellenberg Junior Brendan Callahan, who both work at the camp. “I did this because Camp Anchor has been so great for my brother, Thomas, who struggles with autism,” Callahan said. “I have also grown so much through volunteering there these past three summers.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.