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Old Traditions For A New Year

Families ring in 2014 at Children’s Museum

Many families in our area chose to take advantage of the holiday break from school and work commitments to enjoy one another. On New Year’s Eve, some families honored old traditions, others dreamed up new ones and everyone created lasting memories.

Those who ventured out for a mid-day celebration and countdown at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City, experienced a space-theme gala featuring a Martian hitching a ride on the countdown ball, which fell at 4 p.m.

“Many parents tell us the don’t make it until midnight anymore and our ball drop is the big moment for them,” said Maureen P. Mangan, museum director of communications.

Mia Ramirez said, each New Year’s Eve, she enjoys spending time with her kids having a special dinner with child-friendly treats and playing board games. The whole family then enjoys a mock countdown at 10 p.m. Fellow mom Kristen had a great idea. She records the countdown from the previous year then plays it for the kids just before their bedtime, getting them to sleep, well before midnight.

Librarian Barbara Grodin, shared her New Year’s Eve tradition. “First we would all go grocery shopping,” she says. “The kids were allowed to chose anything they wanted. Then we set up a blanket in the living room and picnic while watching a family movie until the ball drop at midnight.”

Many people see the coming of a new year as an opportunity to do something new, lose some bad habits and take stock of the past year. Modeling how we do this for our children can assist them in goal setting, improve their memory and may help organize their thinking patterns. While children under 7 may have a difficult time understanding the concept of a “new year,” they can see for themselves how much they’ve changed by looking at pictures and growth chart markings.

Some families use scrapbooks to document the year while others spend time scrolling through pictures. “I simplify my scrapbooking by making a collage page featuring the highlights of the year. I ask the kids to share their favorite things about the past year and I write down their comments under the pictures,” said one East Norwich resident.

“This year we’re trying something new,” said Nikki, who didn’t wish to give her last name. “ I put a jar in the kitchen and placed some index cards next to it. Each time someone did something memorable, they would write it down on an index card and place it in the jar. On New Year’s Eve, we’re planning on opening the jar and reading our favorite moments from the past year.”

Once we’ve seen how far we’ve come in the past year, it’s only natural to want to begin the process of looking ahead. This may entail setting realistic goals. local mom Karen says, “Our family usually writes down three to four things we want to work on improving, whether it’s getting to bed earlier or being more positive. Then we see how we did at the end of the year.”

“We work on goal setting all year long,” says Ramirez. “New Year’s is a nice time, though to reassess how we’re doing and how far we’ve come.”

While reminiscing about her New Year’s celebrations when her children were young, Grodin had this to say, “traditions that you do as a family and remind you of family give you a warm feeling.”

News

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 

Blakeman and Rice to speak at Chamber Luncheon

On Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its season kick-off luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Congress in New York’s  Fourth Congressional District. Bruce A. Blakeman (R), Conservative and Independence nominee and Kathleen Rice (D), Nassau County District Attorney, will speak separately expressing their respective views on the future of the district and impact upon its business community. This is not to be a debate.


Sports

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18

Locals run for themselves

and a cause in triathalon

At 6 a.m on a blustery Saturday morning, 1600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay Triathlon and Tri-Relay Race. The participants were drawn from a wide age range. They came from all over Long Island and upstate New York, a few were from out of state, and in some cases, had disabilities. But they all came with one goal in mind — to finish.

Jeffrey Hussey, a 28-year-old Garden City resident, has done this race three times and this was his fifth triathlon this summer.


Calendar

9/11 Memorial Program

Thursday, September 11

Zing Went The Strings

Friday, September 19

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, September 15



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