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Racing For Mother Nature

Earthfest/Earth Run III to be

held on Sunday, April 6

Spring is here. Come on outside. The Tanners Pond Environmental Center’s April 6 Earthfest is a celebration recognizing the incredible value volunteers make to the community and the environment. The event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a 5K timed run starting at 10 a.m. Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray will start the race through the sanctuary, adjoining Nassau Haven Park, and local streets in the Nassau Haven section of town. Garden City Police are monitoring the closed roads for the safety of runners. Awards for first place male and female, as well as under/over 30 runners include gift certificates from Eastern Mountain Sports. An additional 1-1/2k obstacle race within the sanctuary is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Come for a run and stay for the day. The event includes music by Acoustic Dave in the morning and a performance by the Garden City High School Jazz Ensemble 1-2 p.m. Food, entertainment, live animals, displays by local organizations and tours of the 9-acre environmental center will be conducted.

The event is free, except for registration for the races. The registration fee is $25 through March 30, and $35 the day of the race. Registration is being done on-line to coordinate T-shirt sizes and runners numbers for timing. Register for either race on line at  “It’s Your Race”  http://earthrun5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=636

If you are unable to register on line, a registration form is available. Questions? Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-326-1720.

You can even join a few not so “Angry Birds” or butterflies on the run. The event is also a means of raising much needed funds to erect a shelter at the site for use on the educational programs conducted for children, including the popular “Nature Camps” held in conjunction with the Garden City Recreation Dept.  Sponsors for EarthFest and Earth Run are welcome, and the Bird Sanctuary offers thanks to H2M Consultants, Stop and Shop, People’s United Bank, Lutz Landscaping, Drs. Tony and Ruth Randi, The McElroy family, EarthSoft, and the Long Island Volunteer Center for their sponsorships.   

Participating organizations at EarthFest include Crossroads Farm, Garden City Volunteer Fire Department, Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, Garden City HOPE Club, Garden City High School Key Club,  Garden City Community Coalition,  Adelphi Newman Organization, North Shore Audubon,  Your Connection to Nature, Friends of Hempstead Plains, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The list continues to grow, and your participation will help.

News

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.

Multiple options help village avoid problems

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, it’s not necessarily the case for Garden City residents, who have five departure points to choose from. The stations—Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Country Life Press and the south side of Merillon Avenue—provide a grand total of 866 spots. (See page 13 sidebar for lot-by-lot breakdown). It’s a luxury many municipalities don’t have, particularly during the holidays. Annual permits run $150 for residents and $300 for non-residents and while people who call Garden City can use any of these five stations, non-residents are restricted to using the 70 spots allocated for their use over at the Stewart Manor station.

LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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