Written by Lauren del Valle, email@example.com Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:23
The Garden City Fire Department (GCFD) brought its village together Wednesday to commemorate the 12th anniversary of September 11 at the 9/11 Village Memorial.
The remembrance service was dedicated especially to the lives of the 23 Garden City residents that were lost as a result of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem, Father Anthony Cardone opened the ceremony with a prayer asking for God’s love and mercy to be placed on all those affected by Sept. 11, 2001.
1st Asst. Chief Joseph Nadolny read aloud the 23 names of the fallen. Each soul was honored by a single toll of the bell, a lit candle and the salute of a GCFD member. A 24th toll rang and candle was lit to remember all the first responders to the scene that day.
Among the fallen were firefighters Robert Ferris, 63, and Durrell Pearsall, 38. Vinny Cashman, the senior most member of the department, knew both men as active members of the village community.
“I’ve lived here my whole life. Pearsall grew up in the neighborhood. Everyone knew him,” said Cashman.
The firefighter solemnly recalled his role as a pallbearer at the funeral of Robert Ferris. The two served in the GCFD together.
As a member of the Nassau County Fire Commission in 2001, Cashman described the ground zero site in one word, “devastating.”
“I think we wake up and remember 9/11. There is no solace except unity and support,” said Mayor John Watras.
Watras found the solemn crowd present at the memorial to illustrate such unity.
Approximately 100 village residents attended the memorial and for many, the emotional memories of the historic event remain ingrained despite being more than a decade removed from it.
“I thought they were redoing The War of the Worlds,” said Garden City resident Carolyn Gearns.
“There are no words,” said Gearns tearfully recalling friends lost to the violence.
Chief Bill Castero recalled the overwhelming feelings of being called to action as a New York City police officer that day 12 years ago.
“That day was surreal. I don’t remember most of it,” said Castero.
The GCFD partook in scouring the rubble the Saturday after the initial event. Ten members of the department brought the department rescue truck onto the scene, according to Castero.
Each year to come, the Village of Garden City will reconvene in remembrance of those who died so tragically that day. The town erected the 9/11 Village Memorial in time for the first anniversary service 11 years ago. It is located on the village green at the corner of Hilton and Stewart Avenue.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Submitted by Garden City Public School District
The Garden City Public School District is aware that parents and residents have questions about the implementation of the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and other recent state mandates. To help explain this initiative, the school district is introducing a new “Question of the Week” feature. The complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district website at http://www.gardencity.k12.ny.us, under “Common Core FAQs.”
We begin this feature below:
What is the Common Core?
The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) are guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at various points in their school careers. The standards are designed to promote critical thinking, encourage a deep understanding of content, and build skills with the goal of enabling all students to be college-and-career ready by the end of 12th grade. The CCLS were developed by a large, distinguished panel of experts from diverse universities and educators working in the field. They were based upon “some of the best standards covered from States across the country, as well as from other nations and extensive research on what’s needed to succeed in jobs and higher education.” The Common Core has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:42
Armed with a truckload of poinsettias, the Garden City Boys’ Lacrosse team brought Christmas to Long Beach last year. Superstorm Sandy brought about a time during which the sport became secondary to helping the neighboring towns that were affected so catastrophically.
The team will be honored at the Long Beach Christmas Angel Annual Holiday Fundraiser on Dec. 6 for the support it brought post-Sandy Long Beach.
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.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00
This year’s 10th annual St. Joseph School Golf Outing and Honoree Dinner at Cherry Valley Country Club was double the fun. A steady rainstorm earlier this year couldn’t keep the golfers, friends and family from celebrating the many accomplishments of St. Joseph School. At the dinner, Maureen and Frank Liantonio were honored for their years of tireless dedication to St. Joseph School.