Written by John Franklin, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00
Kappa Sigma at Adelphi University has been fasting and raising money for Island Harvest over the last eight years to raise awareness of hunger on Long Island. Each year the fraternity surpassed the previous record. Last year Kappa Sigma raised $3,695 and collected $1,850 pounds of food for Island Harvest.
Island Harvest is an organization that rescues and distributes food for the hungry of New York.
The “Super Hungerfest” kickoff took place on Feb. 1 in Adelphi’s Ruth S. Harley University Center Lower Level. The event consisted of an “open mic” for music and comedy performed by Kappa Sigma brothers Rob Carroll and Mike Mayer, as well as a speech by Long Island Harvest volunteer and spokesperson Jim Broderick. A short film entitled The Volunteer about fighting hunger in Long Island, by Hofstra University graduate student Pat Mantle, was also screened at the kickoff.
“Super Hungerfest is a very important event to Kappa Sigma,” said senior and President Michael Manzo. “Not only does it help thousands of people on Long Island, it brings together our chapter and challenges us every year to surpass the previous record.”
Brothers of the fraternity not only collected money and food for the charity, but spent the 24 hours prior to the Super Bowl fasting to raise awareness of the situation. Kappa Sigma also added new ways to help increase donation amounts for Island Harvest.
“With this being my third Super Hungerfest, it has truly been a pleasure seeing the evolution of this event,” said senior and secretary Richard Tarantola. “This year we have added new aspects to help reach our goal of $4,000 and 2,000 pounds of food. Now anyone can donate to the cause electronically via PayPal. This event can only continue to grow, it shows the Adelphi community that it is always important to give back and support something bigger than yourself.”
For some brothers, the event has become ritual, but for others it is a brand new experience.
“I think fasting 24 hours for my first Super Hunger Fest is going to be tough, but the reasoning behind it gives a lot of meaning,” said sophomore Andrew Stone at the kickoff event. “But I know we’ve all been collecting and spreading the word for a while so I’m excited to see if we can break last year’s record.”
As of press time, Kappa Sigma had not received their final numbers of money and food donated as the results were to be delivered on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Island Harvest headquarters. The fraternity will bring all food donations to Island Harvest for weighing and distribution.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
The Senior Center Expansion and Rehabilitation Project took a major step forward this month when the Garden City Board of Trustees unanimously voted in a special meeting to accept the gift of the model house from the Doubleday Court Development on Franklin Avenue. Project developers, The Engel Burman Group, graciously donated the house to the
Incorporated Village of Garden City. The one-story structure was originally built to serve as a model and sales office for the Franklin Avenue project.
“We are glad to have The Engel Burman Group as part of our village and thank them for this most generous gift. We look forward to providing a state-of-the art facility for our seniors in Garden City,” Mayor John Watras said.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class.
Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register.
Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted):
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
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