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That’s The Spirit

The date is set. The planning committee has met. The “Big Bucks” raffle tickets have been mailed to parishioners. St. Anne’s 12th Annual Spirit Day Celebration is happening on Saturday, Sept. 20.

While the summer has just begun, any event planner knows that September will be here before we know it. The St. Anne’s Spirit Day planning committee has been working for over a month updating the colorful event flyer, stuffing and mailing the Big Bucks raffle tickets and securing vendors. At a recent well-attended planning session, committee leaders provided updates on every aspect of the day, from set-up to clean-up and all that falls in-between.  

The informal kick-off to Spirit Day planning is the mailing of the Big Bucks tickets to parishioners the week of June 16. The cost of a single raffle ticket is $100 with a maximum of 1000 tickets to be sold. Up to five entrants can be named on a single ticket. This year the funds from the Big Bucks Raffle will allow St. Anne’s to complete payments for the auditorium air conditioning. The grand prize winner receives 25 percent of the total raised and five additional lucky winners receive 5 percent of the total. Last year’s raffle sold out and the winner received $25,000. The five second prize winners received $5,000 each.

The winner does not need to be present to win but no one wants to miss the exciting moment of that drawing at 10 p.m. It’s an incredibly positive way to end a fun and beautiful day for the entire parish family.  

The Church of St. Anne in Garden City hosts the 12th annual Spirit Day on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1-10 p.m. with rides, games and music all day and evening. The day is punctuated with a beautiful celebration of mass outdoors at 5 p.m. and the exciting Big Bucks Raffle drawing at 10 p.m. Additional Big Bucks tickets are always available at the rectory or you may call and the committee will be happy to mail one to you. For more information, please call St. Anne’s Rectory at 516-352-5904.

News

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.

Country Life Press

106 spaces

88 permit-only

3 handicapped

15 2-hour only


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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