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Easter Day Vintage Car Parade Draws Huge Crowd In Garden City

Thousands of spectators came out to enjoy the 57th Annual Easter Vintage Car Parade on Sunday, an event hosted by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.

The car show that preceded the parade proved to be entertaining for all ages. Kids danced to the beat of the Banjo Rascals ragtime music, as car enthusiasts shared their passion with the crowds. A colorful array of classic cars - a number of them adorned with decorations from Easter eggs to Easter bunnies - filled the lot this year. Some drivers and passengers along the parade route wore their Easter hats for the celebration.

“I’ve been doing this parade for nine years; it’s a lot of fun,” said Tim Etienne, a 10-year resident of Garden City and owner of a 1961 Ford Econoline Truck. “My four young daughters woke up early this year to tape streamers and decorate the truck, they love it and I can’t stop them!”

Stanley Sokel of Floral Park meticulously waxed his 1950 Mercury two-door coupe as people looked on. “I like to come here to look at the other cars…they represent a special period of life, and I seem to be lost in the 1950s,” he joked.

John Karaba, a member of the Long Island VW Club, brought his 1963 Karmann Ghia from Huntington. “It’s a great place see club members from year to year. I appreciate the old cars, too; my heart just pounds when I see them; it’s this gene I have I guess.”

Maria Mucaria Stankowski explained the appeal of the parade as she stood by her convertible Beetle. “It’s a unique event because it’s Easter, it’s a combined car show and parade, and it is very festive,” she said.

The parade route was packed with families who came out to enjoy the sights and the sunshine as hundreds of vintage cars made their way down Franklin Avenue.

One spectator observed, “The cars in this parade are beauties you don’t normally see on Long Island.”

News

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

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.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

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