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Garden City Robotics Teams Rule

Trojan Army tops; five spots captured for March tilt

As part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative, Garden City Public Schools sponsors two robotics teams—the LEGO Monkeys and Trojan Army. These two teams and four additional teams supported by Garden City parents competed in the 10th Annual FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments held at Central Islip High School on Feb. 1 and 2.

In the fast-paced, multi-disciplinary event, teams competed against each other for prizes in three categories: Robot, Project, and Core Value, plus special Judges’ and Champions’ awards. The middle school’s Trojan Army team took 1st out of 42 teams for robot performance. “That secured our place at the FIRST LEGO League Long Island Championship Tournament at Longwood High School on March 2,” explained team advisor, high school science teacher Michael Stano. “Over 100 teams competed at the qualifying tournament for 42 spots at the Long Island Championship Tournament.”

The Garden City Robotics League captured another four spots at the Long Island Championship, bringing Garden City’s team total to five of the 42 spots in the March competition. To see the middle school’s teams in action, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae3gRdhE3HY; or search YouTube for “Garden City Lego Robotics.”

— Submitted by Garden City Public Schools

News

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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