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Showing A Head For Business

High school students capture top prizes

Last month, three Garden City High School students won top prizes at the 11th Annual Business Leadership Competition sponsored by the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce, a division of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. This was the first time Garden City participated in the event.

Congratulations goes to senior Kristina Ricigliano, student of Mary Ferrara, who won the first place prize for the Life Skills Job Interview division of the competition. Nearly 400 students from 14 different Long Island schools competed in various categories. “Kristina completed a resume and job application for a fictional position at Best Buy,” explained Dr. Erin McKinstry, business teacher at the high school. “Kristina needed to demonstrate an exceptional sense of integrity, attention to detail, and a commitment to customer satisfaction during her interview. She then responded to judges questions regarding her interest in the position.”

As a result of her first place finish, Ricigliano and her family were invited to attend a special winter reception at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, where she was honored.  

Freshmen Joseph Doud and Robert Morizio, who partnered to participate in the Graphic Design division, took home a third place win. Joseph and Robert are students of Dr. McKinstry’s and members of the Future Business Leaders of America. “Their task was to create a logo design for a new burger restaurant in a busy town on Main Street, Long Island,” said Dr. McKinstry. “The entrants needed to create a three-color logo the new restaurant. The logo was displayed on a presentation board and the students then had up to five minutes to present in front of two judges, including three minutes of questioning time.”

- Submitted by Garden City Public Schools

News

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

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.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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