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Bob Schoelle To Be Honored

Longtime village administrator to

receive President’s Award

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the presentation of its President’s Award to Robert (Bob) L. Schoelle, Jr., a Garden City resident for 43 years, at the 2014 Pineapple Ball at the Garden City Hotel on Friday evening, May 9. Initiated in 2011, the Chamber of Commerce’s “President’s Award” recognizes above and beyond volunteer spirit and contributions within the Garden City community and beyond. Not an annual award, it is only presented occasionally, which makes this recognition for Schoelle all the more special.

Bob Schoelle has served as chief administrative officer of the Incorporated Village of Garden City for the past 34 years, working with 18 mayors and many boards of trustees. He has served as a member of both the Village Planning Commission and Board of Police Commissioners. His contributions to numerous village projects have contributed remarkably to the quality of life in the village.

A life member of the Men’s Association (TMA), Schoelle’s dedication and contributions toward its missions are exemplary and have been well recognized. The TMA has supported the athletic and social activities of the students of the Garden City schools and promotes both good sportsmanship and ideal citizenship. The 1997-98 TMA Yearbook was dedicated to Schoelle and he also received the “Unsung Hero Award in 1996, an award which created by him some years before. As was noted in this year book dedication, “A public figure, Bob is visible on many fronts, yet never seeks the limelight. He is the perfect diplomat, guiding and advising TMA with aplomb. His biggest asset is that he leads by example—remarkable in that he does it with grace and modesty.”

Bob Schoelle has been a member of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club, the world’s largest service organization since l982 and currently serves as president. He also serves on the RotaCare Board of Directors. RotaCare was established by the club in l992 to provide free health care for individuals who have the most need and the least access to medical care. Schoelle has also supervised the Rotary Club’s assistance to the Salvation Army’s Holiday Bell Ringing Project for more than 25 years. Additionally, he has received the Paul Harris Fellow Award, Rotary’s highest honor.

Bob Schoelle has been recognized many times over by those with whom he has served, including both the village trustees and executive department heads for his integrity, dedication to the Village of Garden City and commitment to excellence in all of his endeavors. Mayor John Watras, who has known Schoelle and his wife Monica for some 40 years comments that, “Since the day I first met Bob, he has never changed his demeanor—never wavered in dedication and commitment to so many areas within the Village. He is remarkable—the best of the best!” Bob and Monica Schoelle have three grown children, all who reside in Garden City.

Please join the chamber in saluting Bob Schoelle who will also share honors with the Garden City Turkey Trot Committee, Anne Sullivan, Garden City High School Swimming and Diving Coach and Lisa Smith, Business Person of the Year. To receive an invitation or for detailed information about sponsorship opportunities, please call Tracey Gittere at 516-222-0550 or visit the chamber website at www.GardenCityChamber.org.

- Submitted by Garden City Chamber of Commerce

News

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Back to school means back to the Garden City Public Library. September is not only back to school month, it is also Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card is the most important school supply of all for both students and their parents. This September be sure your library card is in your wallet. If you don’t have one, sign up for a new one for you and for your children.

The Garden City Public Library offers programs for adults and for children of all ages. In addition, the library provides access to an extensive collection of books, periodicals, music CDs, audiobooks, and DVDS. The library also provides online access through its website www.gardencitypl.org to authoritative electronic databases as well as to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and music. With a valid library card, you can register for programs, borrow materials and museum passes, and access electronic resources.

The Garden City Historical Society is gearing up for a really big celebration. In 2015, the Society will mark the 40th anniversary of its founding, and the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Garden City Historical Society Museum.

To observe these two significant milestones and to further the Society’s capital campaign to restore the exterior of the museum building, the Society is planning a special event on May 14, 2015 at the Garden City Hotel. Early next year, an invitation to attend will be extended to residents and businesses in the village. The gala will include an open bar and full buffet, with music, mystery guests, a live auction and raffles.


Sports

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League

2014-15 Garden City Recreation Department Dance Conservatory

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. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted):

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.


Calendar

Junior Varsity Football At Westbury High School

Saturday, September 27

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, September 29

Not The Law Of The Sea

Wednesday, October 1



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