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St. Joe’s Hall Of Famer

St. Joseph Elementary School alum Michelle Martin Tripi was recently inducted into the 2014 Molloy Athletics Hall of Fame on Jan. 10 during a ceremony honoring four alumnni that was held at Jericho’s Milleridge Cottage.

Currently a teacher at St. Mary’s Elementary School, Tripi was a dual-sport student-athlete at Molloy, playing both softball and women’s basketball. In the softball record book, she ranks within the top 10 of five different statistical categories.    

She was named to the All-NYCAC Second Team, selected NYCAC Academic Player of the Year, and named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. In her other sport, Martini Tripi ranks second in career free-throw percentage (.751). From 2006-10, she returned to Molloy to serve as assistant softball coach.

She graduated from Molloy in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. While at Molloy, she met her husband, Joshua Tripi, who was a member of the baseball team.  Upon graduating, she accepted an accounting position at Kimco Realty Corporation. At the same time she was also offered the head junior varsity coaching position for Holy Trinity High School’s girls’ basketball team. Experiencing two sides of the spectrum for two years, (corporate world vs. education world), Tripi decided to make a career change. In 2004, she returned to Molloy for her master’s degree in childhood education where she earned a 4.0 grade point average for her graduate course work completed in 2006.

Tripi accepted a faculty position at St. Mary’s Elementary School shortly after and has been teaching kindergarten for the past seven years. Her love of education and for children is quite evident in her classroom each day when she is interacting with her students. Tripi is a product of Catholic education whose journey started at Garden City’s St. Joseph Elementary School and wound its way through Holy Trinity High School right up through Molloy College.

In addition to her teaching career, Tripi coached six years as the assistant softball coach at Molloy (2006-10) and nine years as the head junior varsity basketball coach at Holy Trinity High School. Tripi is currently the head varsity softball coach at Holy Trinity.

Married in 2005, Michelle and Joshua Tripi currently reside in South Freeport with their two children, 3-year-old Mikayla and 2-year-old Cole.

News

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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