Written by Garden City Life Staff Saturday, 14 September 2013 00:00
For the second year in a row, Broadway Bound Dance Center (BBDC) of Garden City and Valley Stream has won the title of America’s Best Debut Dance Studio at the Access Broadway National Cup Series Championship in Hershey, PA. Directors Debbie Tavernese, Aileen Bjelland and Adam Bjelland were once again presented with the Stage Door Cup, which is on display at the studio until the start of the 2014 season, when it goes back on tour with Access Broadway. Broadway Bound’s Debut Division dancers range in age from 6 to 70 years. Seven different competition groups performed over twenty-five group numbers, including ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, vocal and acting.
Broadway Bound’s Company dancers also had great success, winning third place overall in the more advanced Diva Division, where they competed against 25 schools from all over the country. Many BBDC routines earned platinum adjudications, the highest possible award. BBDC group numbers were awarded first place trophies in tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, lyrical, acro and hip-hop categories. In addition to their outstanding group numbers, the BBDC dancers impressed the judges and the audience with many winning solos, duets and trios. Broadway Bound offers a wide variety of classes in all styles, at both the recreational and competitive levels. BBDC dancers range from age 3 through age 70.
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Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Nov. 3, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program for citizens with both mental and physical handicaps. The walk-a-thon was coordinated by Garden City resident and Kellenberg Senior Christina DiMasso, and Kellenberg Junior Brendan Callahan, who both work at the camp. “I did this because Camp Anchor has been so great for my brother, Thomas, who struggles with autism,” Callahan said. “I have also grown so much through volunteering there these past three summers.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.