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Upstanders Lead The Way

Bullying

awareness touted

Students and staff in all seven of Garden City’s public schools showed their colors to stand united as “upstanders” against bullying in all its. Wearing orange marked “2013 Unity Day,” a day when everyone is encouraged to “link together—in schools, communities and online—and send one large, orange message of support to students who have experienced bullying,” stated the National Bullying Prevention Center’s website (http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp).

Across the school district, a variety of activities took place to raise awareness about bullying. For example, at the middle school, high school students in Students Helping Students (SHS), a service club under the advisement of social worker Lori Kuster, spoke to each grade level during the middle school lunch period.

As an ice-breaker, the visiting club members asked teachers to look away while students placed their heads down on the lunchroom tables and closed their eyes. SHS members queried five questions about bullying, asking for raised hands as anonymous answers, and took note of the number to calculate broad stroke percentages. Eighty percent of the students indicated witnessing bullying behavior at some point in their life. Sixty percent indicated they had intervened with “upstander” strategies, 30 percent answered they remained bystanders during an incident, 40 percent raised their hands to indicate they had been a victim, and very few actually raised their hands to indicate they been the bully. The percentages were noted on a white board that served as a backdrop for a song by SHS member Aidan McGovern: “Sticks and stones may break some bones, but the words you say can take a life,” sang the high school senior. His original song, “We Are the Change,” was a heartfelt reminder to students that bullying can occur anywhere at any time and have a devastating effect on someone struggling with personal and/or family issues. Aidan’s song is available for listening on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-rxxvXWFRc

At the elementary and primary schools, students in orange formed a sea of awareness-raising color on Unity Day as books appropriate to their respective ages were read during lunch and group times. Discussions led by administrators and social workers focused on students being “bucket fillers,” a district-wide K-5 educational initiative based on a series of books by author Carol McLoud. Students were reminded to consider the feelings of others and not be “bucket dippers” (hurting others’ feelings), but to do good deeds to keep everyone’s bucket full.

Submitted by Garden City Public Schools

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