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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

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

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.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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