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Running Against Cancer

Event raises $10,000 for cancer center

On April 26, the 5th Annual Garden City Teachers Association (GCTA) hosted the “GC For A Cure” Run/Walk, which wound up being a huge success. The run/walk event attracted close to 600 people and raised about $10,000 for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A corresponding event, Uniting Against Lung Cancer “Kites for a Cure,” raised about $1,000 to support their lung cancer research grant program.

Thankfully the weather did not impact the fun-filled morning. People came out to walk/run in honor and in memory of loved ones. This year’s race was dedicated to Michele White, former art teacher at Stewart School, who lost her battle to cancer in July.

The overall male winner Floral Park’s John Walsh, who crossed the finish line with a time of 17:51 while Garden City’s Caroline Ferri was the overall female winner with a time of 19:47.

The Garden City Teachers’ Association would like to thank all the runners, walkers, community members, volunteers, parents, and students who came out to support this great event. They would also like to thank their sponsors: The Founders Group at Morgan Stanley, La Bottega, GCI-Environmental and Engineering Consultants, Patriot Supply, Daniel Gale- Sotheby’s International Realty, The Donnelly Group, The UPS Store of Garden City, Avellino’s Pizzeria and Catering, Bellissima Photography, Crossfit Garden City, Constant Entertainment, Hint Water, New York Running Company, The McKay Family, and Walter Levchuck.

The GCTA would like to thank all the local merchants who so graciously donated a raffle basket item/gift card. In addition, they would like to thank Garden City Public Schools, the Village of Garden City, the Garden City Police Department, Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corporation, the Garden City PTA, the GCREA, and all those who live on the race course for their support.

The Garden City Community came together to support a great cause and to help make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Kerry Calvert is the race director of GC For a Cure.

News

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

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.


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

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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