Written by Lauren Del Valle, email@example.com 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.
For the past 15 years, the team has begun its season with a holiday poinsettia fundraiser to subsidize team season expenses. Last year, however, the boys decided to add a facet to their project. Reaching out to their village and alumni of teams past, the team collected enough donations to offset the cost of more than 400 poinsettias as well as a $1200 gift for Red Cross Sandy relief funds.
“I was proud of them for taking the initiative,” said head coach Steve Finnell. “We play Long Beach and it’s a big rivalry, but they’re friends and it’s nice to see in a time of need, because it’s bigger than playing a game on the field.”
In the weeks after the hurricane, the Long Beach Christmas Angel offered basic living essentials to Sandy victims out of the St. Ignatius Parish gymnasium. Among the things lost, Sandy washed away the townspeople’s Christmas decorations that had been previously stored in the church basement.
This void became the perfect way for the lacrosse team to help in even the smallest way.
“It was so touching, because the streets were covered in dirty sewage, no one had electric and the west end was completely unoccupied,” said foundation president Johanna Sofield. “Christmas was an absolute afterthought and in came a truckload of poinsettias. The residents could take a little holiday cheer home with them.”
The entire team delivered the poinsettias to St. Ignatius. They created the concept on their own, and received no community service hours.
“As a parent, I saw residents walk out crying because they were so happy just because of the poinsettias,” said Judith Dolan mother of senior lacrosse member, Dan Dolan.
The nonprofit organization started in an effort to help those of Long Beach in financial need especially around the holidays. But when Sandy struck, it mattered not who had wealth the week before; everyone was sent into financial crisis.
This prompted Johanna Sofield and her associates to redirect their goal to one in which they aid residents in regaining normalcy by moving back into their homes as soon as possible. Long Beach Christmas Angel (LBCA) works closely with the Robin Hood Foundation, which has granted them $210,000 since last January. LBCA has assisted residents with $64,600 in plumbing and $63,990 in contracting needs.
This will be the 12th Annual Fundraiser for the Long Beach Christmas Angel. The fundraiser will honor community member such as the lacrosse team for their support in addition to raising funds to continue the charity’s work.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
Garden City’s Rosemary Cinquemani will be one of three people honored by The Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop-University Hospital during its 17th Annual “A Cause to Celebrate” benefiting the Child Life Program. Cinquemani is being recognized along with Michael Stroud and Frank Catelli, Esq. The event will take place on Thursday, March 20, at The Garden City Hotel. Each honoree is a longtime supporter of Winthrop, a member of the hospital’s board of regents and a co-chair of the Cancer Center for Kids Annual Golf Outing.
This year’s event will feature musical entertainment by The Atlantic City Boys—A Tribute to the Music of Frankie Valli.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:05
Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson said the department’s main item is salary, with a proposal of $145,000 more for 2014-15. Total police personnel requests are $8.21 million, and $602,628 in overtime.
Jackson said there will be an approximate $30,000 in S.T.E.P increases, also longevity increases and raise in holiday pay, which is all contractual.“We had a lot of young officers we hired about three or four years ago, and they are now reaching certain levels of the pay scale, and accruing holiday pay as per contract,” Jackson said.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:10
Pitching wins championships, and Garden City baseball Head Coach Rich Smith is confident that his team has enough of it to make a run in 2014. He is not deterred by losing 11 seniors, many of which contributed to the team’s 15-7 season. Smith, in his 42nd year with the program, has seen almost everything on the baseball field, but noted that this team is unique in one way.
“On paper we have three lefties in the starting rotation,” said Smith. “And that’s something I’ve never had here,” he added. The trio of southpaws could prove to be nightmarish on the conference, even after its new alignment.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:39
Spring Roller Hockey Divisions
The start of spring roller hockey is just around the corner. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park.
Registration and starting dates will be announced at a later time but you can see when your child will play by checking the divisions below:
Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed.