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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

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



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