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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

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



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