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Fighting Hunger With Song

'Will Sing For Food' concerts huge success

The third annual “Will Sing For Food” concerts returned to Freeport and Garden City, performing to enthusiastic crowds and raising awareness, funds, and food donations for area food pantries. The concerts were organized by Andrew Morreale and Melissa Ryan, and were under the musical direction of George Petersen, music director at The First Presbyterian Church of Freeport. More than 30 talented musicians and vocalists representing both communities performed a variety of music from pop to rock and folk to the American Songbook. Cathryn Mezzo compiled firsthand accounts of people living with and working against hunger and crafted them into spoken vignettes that put a human face to the ongoing issue.

This year’s cast included Alex DeMars, Alexandra Vernice, Amber Henriquez, Andrew Morreale, Anna Morreale, Bill Volz, Billy Lucano, Chris Burcheri, Lauren Burcheri, Emily Schaubeck, Emma Volz, George Bashian, George Petersen, Glenn Schifano, Jillian Yoo, John Mezzo, Zachary Mezzo, Kay Mollica, Louis DeMars, Packy Bunn, Rick Herbst, Jonathan Warhurst, Terry Hensley, Arielle Hensley, Maura Ryan, Melissa Ryan, Mike Veny, and Phillip Sharpe with the Deeper Life Worship Choir.

The concerts were held at two churches. The Worship, Arts and Music, in combination with the Board of Session at the First Presbyterian Church of Freeport hosted the first concert on Jan. 3. The Reverend Thomas W. Goodhue, executive director of the Long Island Council of Churches, welcomed the cast. They were joined by the choir of the Deeper Life Worship Church led by Phillip Sharpe. On Jan. 4, the group performed the second concert at the Garden City Community Church hosted by the Board of Outreach. Again, joined by the Deeper Life Choir and welcomed by the Reverend Jim Adelmann the evening was a high-energy celebration of music, fellowship, and humanity.

This year’s concerts were the most successful yet, raising close to $5,600 to help fund the Long Island Council of Churches’ food pantries. But the needs of the food pantries do not end there. The generosity must continue to keep these shelves stocked. Garden City Community Church has a drop box conveniently located at the Kensington and Whitehall entrances and The First Presbyterian Church of Freeport accepts donations at their Sunday services. You can also donate online at www.liccdonate.org

The Garden City Community Church (GCCC) is an “Open & Affirming” congregation of the United Church of Christ (Protestant), so no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, all are welcome. On Sundays, the GCCC has 8:30 a.m. communion in the chapel and 10:30 a.m. worship in the sanctuary. The forum is held at 9:15 a.m. Church Sunday School is held during the regular service, with babysitting in the crib room for children under two years old, equipped with silent pagers for parents. The Garden City Community Church is handicap accessible with ramps on the Whitehall Boulevard side of the church and a full elevator to the lower level. For more information, please call 516-746-1700, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.Garden CityCommunityChurch.org

The First Presbyterian Church of Freeport is a multicultural congregation that purposefully practices the ministry of reconciliation among its diverse membership. Services are on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. to sing, pray and proclaim God’s Word of hope, peace, joy and love. For more information or to speak to Pastor Eddie, please call 516-379-1114, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.ffpcny.org

News

Garden City’s Gregory Burke recently donated $25,000 to help fund Mercy Medical Center’s brand new pediatric Express Care Unit. A benefactor to numerous organizations, Burke was so impressed with the quality of care given by Mercy’s medical and nursing staff, he decided to assist the hospital in this initiative.

“A significant proportion of the patients seen in Express Care are children. Thanks to Mr. Burke’s generosity, families will get the immediate care they deserve,” said Mercy Vice President of Finance and Chief Operating Officer Ron Steimel. “This new unit is an expression of the hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality services to our community.”

The expansion of the pediatric Express Care program is part of Mercy’s ongoing effort to address the needs of underserved communities, including individuals and families who may not have a personal physician.

Michael Stano named to Master Teacher program

Michael Stano of Garden City High School has been named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“The Master Teacher Program creates a community of teacher experts dedicated to providing a first-rate learning experience for students across New York, and contributes to our efforts to attract and retain the best and the brightest in our STEM classrooms,” Cuomo said.


Sports

Registration For The Community Garden Begins

If you are interested in obtaining a plot in Garden City Recreation and Parks’ Community Garden, it is now time to register. Applications will be accepted until May 1. Plots will then be assigned for planting around May 10. If more applications are received than the number of plots available, all applications will be put in a lottery and winners will be notified.

Spring/Summer Adult Tennis Registration Forms Available

The Garden City Recreation Department will conduct evening tennis lessons for adults who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City at the Community Park tennis facility. The lessons will run for one hour each week in three sessions during the spring/summer months. The registrant has a choice of a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday class and a choice of time. There will be a maximum of four players per court. The dates and fees will be as follows:

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 hunt 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

Going To The Birds (Sanctuary)

Saturday, April 26

Nassau Coaches Meet

Saturday, April 26

Making A Beautiful Noise

Friday, May 2



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