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Town Recognizes Robotics Club

She built it and they came. Garden City Robotics League (GCRL) director Trish Lynch launched the GCRL last year and is now preparing for year two. To celebrate the league’s successful inaugural season and to promote GCRL to newcomers, she and the league coaches hosted the First Annual End of Season Celebration and Information Session at the Garden City Presbyterian Church on April 24.

“I am so impressed with the work that you guys did. I got an education walking right through the door,” quipped Hempstead Town Councilman Edward A. Ambrosino, who attended the celebration to present a certificate to the GCRL on behalf of Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “You know what really is important? Just competitions in life. It feels great to win, but we all win because we learn from the experience of learning,” he said to the many children in the room.

The GCRL currently has four FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League teams and two Jr. FLL teams. All four teams participated in this year’s challenge, while the junior teams participated in the 5th Annual Jr. FLL Expo.

The FLL teams included “Team GC Eat. Sleep. Program,” coached by Danielle Lalehzar, Melissa Jaeger and Patrick Treanor, with  members Andrew Cheng, Liam Banahan, Sean Jaeger, Cyrus Lalehzar, Connor Dane and Garrett Treanor.

Team Extreme was coached by Martha Yasso and Suzy Dorney, with members Ian Yasso, Robbie Treanor, Sharon Cunningham, Ryan Cunningham, Liam Dorney and Ryan Murphy.

The Ballistic Builders coached by Peter Arianas and James Lynch, with members Max Genova, Matt Hughes, Jimmy Lynch, Timmy DeMaro, Brandon Noll, George Arianas, Trey Bauer and Riley Bauer.

The Robotic Rebels were coached by Steve Giammona and Brian Sanguyu, with members Steven Giammona, Anthony Sanguyu, Keith DeStaebler, Justin MacFall, Christina Marciano, Ronnie Marciano and Kevin McGoldrick. Junior teams included the Crazy Creators, coached by Ken Ambach and Constantine Stamidis, with members Charlie Ambach, Julian Bubniak, Riley Sanz, Max Sclafani and Nicholas Stamidis.

Team Fun was coached by Emily Arnone, with members Harrison Cottrell, Maeve Dorney, Ella Mele, Matthew Tusiani-Eng and Patrick Wren.

This year’s challenge was “Senior Solutions,” wherein teams had to come up with an everyday problem senior citizens face and then engineer a solution to help seniors overcome that obstacle. The GCRL had a great showing at the FIRST Lego League Qualifier Tournament in Central Islip in February, with the Robotic Rebels clinching first place for “Innovative Solution” and advancing to the 9th Annual Long Island FIRST Lego League Championship Tournament in Middle Island in March. The team’s success continued at the champs, with the team winning the esteemed “Judges Award,” which recognized the rookie team as a “Rising Star.”

Acknowledging the success of the entire GCRL, Ambrosino presented Trish Lynch with an official Town of Hempstead Certificate of Recognition. “Keep up the good work,” he said to the youngsters in the room. “You are our leaders of tomorrow. Science and math is where it’s at. Keep learning, keep discovering, and never give up your dreams.”

Special guest Andy Parton, executive director of the Cradle of Aviation Museum, was on hand to unveil the 2013-14 FLL challenge, but before doing so emphasized Long Island as a hotbed of technology. He likened robotics competitions to the Final Four, citing specifically the FIRST Robotics Competition (for grades seven through 12) held at Hofstra University in April. “It is truly one of the most exciting things going on, especially on Long Island. The idea is to get you all excited about science and technology. The one misnomer about engineering is that is it simply about building large things. Everything that we have in life has been engineered, and you have to become the next generation of problem solvers and that’s what these competitions are about,” he said.

“We’re called the Cradle of Aviation because most of the technology driven in the aerospace industry from the first flight to going to the moon was here on Long Island and it was by Long Islanders. … I hope you keep it up year after year and that you come to the Cradle to see some of the technology that’s been created by Long Islanders just like yourselves,” he said before unveiling next year’s challenge: “Nature’s Fury.”

Next year’s FLL competitors will have the opportunity to explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disaster. “The whole idea is to become just like scientists who deal with real-world problems,” said Trish Lynch.

For more information about the GCRL, contact Lynch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

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.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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