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Civic Duty Begins At Home

Andy Foundation founder honored by village board

Jill Palmeri, founder of a local charitable organization born out of a tragic event to a loved one in her life, was honored by Garden City Mayor John J. Watras and his trustees at the village board meeting held on Thursday, Dec. 5.

The Andy Foundation was founded by Palmeri in 2004 to honor the memory of her late son Andrew; it’s mission is to help children in need, and to date, the volunteer-driven organization has raised more than $700,000 for kids throughout Long Island through fundraising efforts that include tag sales, football clinics, and bingo parties.

Mayor Watras presented Palmeri with an official proclamation celebrating her hard work in giving back to children in need in light of her own terrible loss years ago.

“The Andy Foundation have become an iconic group in the village, and everything they do is unbelievable,” he said. “They’ve been involved in numerous charities, and while I wish there didn’t even have to be an Andy Foundation, Jill was very brave after we lost Andy in 2004 and memorialized her son in a very special way, and all the people she’s energized in the village is just beyond belief.”

Also at the meeting the Garden City Fire Chief William Castoro welcomed the newest addition to the ranks of the village’s volunteer fire department­—22-year-old James Akel, who was approved unanimously to the position by a board vote.

“It’s always great to have a new volunteer on our team,” he said. “We have a great bunch of guys that you get to join, and we wish you luck.”  

Akel, a recent graduate of Adelphi University where he studied business, said that he felt compelled to become a firefighter out of a strong civic-minded desire to serve his friends and neighbors.

“I wanted to serve my community,” he said. “A lot of my close friends are volunteer firefighters, and it’s something that I’ve always been interested in doing.”

“I’m so proud of him,” said Akel’s mother, Cecilia, who was in attendance at the meeting. “I’m concerned, and I’m proud.”

Trustee Dennis C. Donnelly also reported on recent holiday shopping in the village, most notably Small Business Saturday, an event that seeks to promote local retailers after the onslaught of chain store shopping that normally occurs on Black Friday. Unfortunately, Donnelly said that Small Business Saturday was not a great local success this year when compared to years prior.

 “Many merchants are saying that business on Small Business Saturday was not what they were hoping,” he said. “Please keep in mind that, as the holiday season progresses, if you can shop locally among our merchants in our village, that would be very positive.”

Donnelly’s sentiments were echoed by Mayor Watras, who urged people in attendance at the meeting to spread the word- shop locally and support Garden City merchants. “We have wonderful stores and restaurants in town, so please...don’t go to the big box stores. Come here instead,” he said.

Village Administrator Robert L. Schoelle also gave an initial report in the status of the development of next year’s village budget

“The department heads have been extraordinarily diligent in terms of focus not only on this year’s budget, but next year’s budget as well,” he said. “That should place us in good standing for the budget season of 2014-15.”

News

Longtime village administrator to

receive President’s Award

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the presentation of its President’s Award to Robert (Bob) L. Schoelle, Jr., a Garden City resident for 43 years, at the 2014 Pineapple Ball at the Garden City Hotel on Friday evening, May 9. Initiated in 2011, the Chamber of Commerce’s “President’s Award” recognizes above and beyond volunteer spirit and contributions within the Garden City community and beyond. Not an annual award, it is only presented occasionally, which makes this recognition for Schoelle all the more special.

Bob Schoelle has served as chief administrative officer of the Incorporated Village of Garden City for the past 34 years, working with 18 mayors and many boards of trustees. He has served as a member of both the Village Planning Commission and Board of Police Commissioners. His contributions to numerous village projects have contributed remarkably to the quality of life in the village.

Garvies Point hosts Waldorf parent-child program

Garvies Point Musuem and Preserve, a place known for its Native American history and artifacts, is now home to the Garden City Waldorf School’s Parent-Child Program. The location is an ideal match since the Waldorf educational philosophy enjoys many parallels with the Native American culture exhibited at the museum. The classes are held in the museum’s interactive exhibit room for children, which features a dugout canoe, a wooden wigwam, woven baskets and a model of a native garden. Since the exhibit encourages creative play with natural materials, it is a perfect fit for the Waldorf program which promotes the same.

One of the interesting features of the program is that it is in truth a parent-child class; parents are learning right alongside the children. Children are encouraged to play cooperatively with their peers, while adults learn to knit nearby. Throughout the program, parents are given advice and tips on how to slow the pace of parenting, how to deal with tantrums and manage technology in our lives. “It’s really nice to get good advice on finding a natural rhythm to our lives,” said Laura Franco of Sea Cliff. “I would say the program is very unique in that way.”


Sports

Lady Panthers

start season 7-0

The number two ranked Adelphi Panthers Women’s Lacrosse team has gotten off to a fast start to their 2014 season and show no signs of slowing down. Head Coach Rob Grella, entering his third season at the helm, has led his team to an impressive 7-0 record to kick off their campaign. Six of the Panther’s first seven games have been won in commanding fashion in which they have outscored the opposition by a staggering margin of 122-14.

Last season, the Panthers continued their tradition of playing hard and fighting off tough challenges. They would finish the 2013 season with an impressive 11-1 record within the Northeast Ten Conference and overall at 18-3, making it to their fourth consecutive trip to the NE-10 Conference Championship where they eventually lost to Le Moyne.

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 hunts 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.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: An Inconvenient Truth

Thursday, April 10

Breakfast With The Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 12

'Needleworks' Exhibit Opens

Through April 30



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