Written by Katelyn Malloy, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 02 November 2013 00:00
Garden City’s Christ Church recently welcomed a variety of new additions to the choir at the annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony last month. Members of the church along with local residents of Long Island were encouraged to bring their beloved animal be they dog, cat, bird, a photo of a deceased pet, or stuffed animal to be formally blessed.
From bulldogs to pit bulls, chihuahuas and hermit crabs, the Episcopal Church was alive with excitement. Up to 30 residents from Garden City as well as neighboring New Hyde Park and other surrounding villages attended the mass with pets in tow, a reflection of the faith and passion for animals that can be found in the church community.
This year, the 10 a.m. mass conducted by Reverend Canon John McGinty was certainly unique. Due to poor weather conditions, pet lovers were permitted to enter the church for the very first time, sitting side by side in the pews with their animal companions.
Following Rev. McGinty’s sermon, the congregation recognized their thanks to God for all creatures on the Earth. Attendees were welcome one by one to bring their pet to the alter while a blessing and prayer was said in their honor.
The Blessing of the Animals was initially inspired by the actions and philosophies of St. Francis of Assisi, best known for his kindness and passion for all God’s creatures and his deep appreciation for nature.
“I think it’s great,” says Eucharistic Minister and Alter Server Lyn Gilbert of Elmont. “It’s a great chance for the community to come together over a common bond of their love for animals”
This was the church’s third year holding this event, with high hopes they will be able to continue to have more ceremonies like this throughout the year.
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
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.
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.